Okay, let's face it—raising kids can be stressful. You deal with tantrums, tears, and just plain old chaos daily. That's where Calming Corner comes in handy! It's like a little oasis of peace amid all the madness.
But where do you start? Never fear, mom; we've got you covered! Below is a step-by-step guide to creating the ultimate Calming Corner for your kiddos.
Step 1: Pick a Spot!
The first thing you'll need to do is choose a perfect area for your Calming Corner. It could be a bedroom corner, a nook in the living room, or even a dedicated space in the den. Just make sure it's somewhere your child can go to escape all the noise and craziness of daily life.
Also, let's be honest—it's probably a good idea to make it somewhere you can't see or hear them because we all need a break sometimes!
Step 2: Get Cozy!
Next, you'll want to add comfortable seating to your Calming Corner. You can go for a bean bag chair, a cushion, a small couch, or a loveseat. Just make sure it's something your child can sink into and relax on. Lastly, don't forget to throw in a blanket and some pillows for extra snuggles!
Step 3: Add Some Zen!
The ultimate goal of having a Calming Corner is to create a peaceful atmosphere. You can achieve this by adding calming elements like soft lighting, a white noise machine, or a water feature. Don't forget to throw in some stuffed animals, because who doesn't love a good cuddle with animal plushies?
Step 4: Bring on the Sensory Toys!
Now for the fun part—sensory toys! Our GooToobz and DoodleJamz are a perfect addition to any Calming Corner. GooToobz is a transparent, hand-held sensory tube filled with a satisfying mix of goo, glitter, and colorful beads. And DoodleJamz? They're squishy gel pads and boards for drawing and doodling. Both are super satisfying to play with and can keep your child entertained for hours!
Step 5: Teach 'Em Some Relaxation Techniques!
Of course, you also want to make your Calming Corner effective. That's why it's essential to teach your child some relaxation techniques they can use when feeling overwhelmed. Relaxing activities include deep breathing, meditating, or getting them to do art like coloring or drawing. While at it, encourage your child to try these techniques in their Calming Corner and offer guidance and support as needed.
And if all else fails, assure them that Mama's just a few steps away if they need anything!
Step 6: Keep it Tidy!
Finally, make sure to keep your Calming Corner organized and inviting. It means keeping the space clutter-free and tidy. You can restock supplies your child might need. Consider adding personal touches such as artwork, plants, and a small bookshelf with calming books and activities.
More importantly, don't forget to tell your child how much you love them and how proud you are of them for taking care of themselves!
Creating a Calming Corner in your home is a simple yet powerful tool to help your child relax and de-stress. By following these steps and customizing a space suited to your child's needs and preferences, you create a nurturing and supportive space for them to relax and focus. Lastly, don't forget to incorporate some sensory toys like GooToobz and DoodleJamz to keep things engaging!
As moms, it's alright to take care of ourselves too. Remember to take a little time out for yourself every now and then—you deserve it!