Yesterday we played another mindful game. This month we will be exploring several different mindful/meditation games around the theme of "thankfulness". The author of Mindful Games, Susan Kaiser Greenland, jokingly calls this The Whining Game, but it is really much more than that. I think this could be easily modified for home use - all it takes is a ball (we used a ball of yarn, since that is all I could find). The life skills practiced in this game are seeing, and reframing. It is important for children to acknowledge feelings of hurt or disappointment, but to also to place challenges into a broader context.
As we rolled a ball around in a circle, we named things that bothered us, while remembering the good things in life by adding, "...and life is good."
I went first. "I woke up this morning with a migraine..." (then I rolled the ball to another player while saying, "...and life is good.") Then the person who caught the ball responded, "My dad is away on a trip and I miss him..." while rolling the ball to another child and completing the sentence, "and life is good."
Important lessons for us all to remember.