Blowing Bubbles For Older Children
With an older child who more readily understands the concepts of emotions and consequences, use blowing bubbles as a relaxation technique. Relaxation leads to and assists with mindfulness practice. Have your child slow their breathing as they blow out, and watch how the bubbles expand and grow more easily when breathing is slow and peaceful. Teach your child how slowing their breathing helps when they feel stressed or anxious, and have them visualize the bubbles expanding and floating as they do so.
When a stressful situation happens, such as childhood friendship drama, your child will reach a point where physically blowing bubbles is no longer necessary. Visualizing the act of blowing bubbles may be enough to help your child calm himself.