Yes, you read that right. Calming activities to do "with" kids. Because parents need calming activities also. And doing any activity with a parent is simply delightful for kids.
PURPOSE OF CALMING ACTIVITIES:
In our house, we do these things in the morning before school because the morning schedule is so chaotic. If we can incorporate 5-10 minutes right before we walk out the door to do some calming activities, it helps improve our mental clarity and mood significantly. Plus, a major coping skill that everyone needs for the rest of their entire lives is simply breathing to calm down. So, some of these calming activities naturally let you focus on breathing, or force you to just breathe.
SCHEDULING CALMING ACTIVITIES:
I get it. There are mornings when everything is so far behind schedule that you're just worried if you'll have time to dry your hair. BUT honestly, every type of schedule needs a little extra padding to accommodate those little unplanned delays that always seem to happen.
So, pad in at least 10 minutes for a calming activity. Most mornings you'll probably end up with 3-5 minutes for the activity, but that's really all you need to help re-focus moods and breath!
These ideas are not in any particular order...