Living with a toddler is kind of like living with an emotional time bomb. Like, imagine if you expressed every emotion you felt at the exact moment you felt it and acted on every impulse all the time, and that’s pretty much Toddlerhood in a nutshell. (In other words, AWESOME.)
Lately, my daughter has taken to running around the house at bedtime yelling “MY ENERGY IS UP!!!” (which, by the way I honestly have no idea where she learned that) so we’ve started trying to combat that with a little bedtime workout/yoga. It’s been working pretty well, and now instead of doing the chicken-with-its-head-cut-off routine she’ll actually just come out and say “My energy is up, I want to do yoga with Mommy.” (If that’s not the cutest sentence I’ve ever heard.) We start with twenty jumping jacks (that’s part of Yoga, right?), and by the time we hit fifteen she’s usually collapsing to the floor in a pile (she’s not-quite-four). After that, we basically lie on our backs and breathe, with our legs in the air; preferably resting against a wall or in Dee’s place a couch is plenty.
Anyway, a little accidental movement therapy has done wonders for our bedtime woes so when I heard about movement specialist Michelle Turner and her “gentle movement therapy” for helping toddlers quite literally move through their emotions, I was instantly interested in what she had to say.
What ways have you found to help your toddler manage their raging emotions? Would you try any of the above techniques with your kiddos?
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