Deep Breaths

Welcome to the Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival: Week #2- Mindful Breathing.

This post was written for inclusion in the 10 Week Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival hosted by Prenatal to Parenting. This week our participants have written about creating awareness. We hope you enjoy this week’s posts and consider joining us next week when we share about a week of Practicing Mindfulness.

I am no stranger to this week’s challenge.  About six years ago a naturopath prescribed deep breathing exercises for me because she said I was anxious.  That first prescription has been compounded on by a variety of sources like yoga and practicing Hypnobabies in preparation for the birth of my son.

I heard a good quote from a yogi once.  She said that we are all given a certain number of breaths, and the quicker you breath, the quicker you expire!

After reading this weeks challenge I have been thinking more about deep breathing.  The other day I put the deep breathing into use while dealing with my screaming 2.5 yr old who didn’t want to go down for a nap.  I tried to reason with him, but he was really frustrated and tired, so instead of “flipping my lid”, I chose to stand in the room with him and practice my deep breathing.  It calmed both of us down and I feel like I was teaching by example.  Its amazing how powerful breath is.

I’ve always thought of deep breathing as a great way to centre myself, but through this challenge I’m thinking it’d be a great tool to teach my children to help them to settle themselves down.

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

Teaching My Spirited Son About Deep Breathing – Sarah from Prenatal to Parenting shares some ways to teach kids about deep breathing.

Deep Breathing Challenge Ricky at Daddy Blogger has been practicing and will be putting his deep breathing to the test on his family trip.

Just Breathe – Peaceful Parenting Challenge – Week 2 – Katrina from Kalem Photography goes up against her incessant need to be busy.

Remember to Breathe – Jennifer from The Children’s Directory discovers how breathing can work with parents-in-laws, friends, partners, co-workers and annoying neighbours as well as children.

 Week 2 & Epic Fail -Amanda from Family and Baby Sign Language discovers how challenging it is to find a few minutes to herself.

Breathing On  – Verena from Memory Maker Events talks the difference mindful breathing made in her busy days.

Epic Fail — Peaceful Parenting Week 2 Challenge 2: Breathe – Kathryn from Curiosity and the Kat wasn’t drawn to deep breathing.

Week #2 Peaceful Parenting Challenge – Michelle from My Peaceful Parenting models deep breathing for her sons.