Sometimes our active kids can get all pent up with energy and emotions. This is normal, we are made to feel and have emotions. The Best Calm Box Kit Ideas for Active Kids is a huge help for those huge meltdowns.
The difference is how we deal with our emotions and how we teach our kids to deal with emotions.The Best Calm Box Kit Ideas for Active Kids can be a good choice for hard moments.
My little guy has lots of energy. Plus, he is a big brother now and does not get as much time with mom. Add a time when the world is asked to quarantine and you have little ones dealing with many many emotions.
Sometimes, it’s as simple as needing a little cuddle with mom. That doesn’t happen as often as he would like and it can be hard for him. There are times, that many emotions can take over for our kids and a Calm Down Kit Box break may help them.
When a difficult moment comes for our kids, it’s all we can do to carry the weight of the emotions our kids are feeling. It can bring out lots of emotions in us as their parents, like “what am I doing wrong?” and “do I do that when I am mad?” and “how can I set a good example for my kids?”.
Having a Calm Down Box Kit can help when our kids have a difficult moment or meltdown, as a calm alternative to teach them in the moment. Simply, direct them to their Calm Down Kit Box.
- Prepare the Calm Down Box Kit before a meltdown.
- Choose what you as the parent are comfortable with being in the Calm Down Box Kit and where you are comfortable with your child using it, so you are ready to offer him or her choices when making the Calm Down Box Kit.
- Discuss Feelings
- How will you deal with your feelings? (choosing from the Calm Down Box Kit)
- Giving them quiet time to cool down.
- When they are calm, check in on their feelings again.
- Then, talk about how they can make good choices even when they feel mad or sad. Encouraging them that choosing their Calm Box Cool Down Kit was a good choice will be motivational for them in this teaching moment.
- Pray when the meltdown hits, and pray after the meltdown in thanks and praise. You can add a prayer in the Calm Box too!
- It’s okay to update and change Calm Box Kits as time goes on and their needs and interests change.
Prayer with kids and parents for Meltdowns:
We praise you for all of your glory. We thank you for loving us in every circumstance. Thank you for working in our hearts even when when we are feeling bad. We love you and praise you. We thank you for your grace and mercy in times when we feel sad or mad. Please guide us to see how to love ourselves and others in hard situations. Please help us to see how to be good parents for our uniquely made children and make good choices as children.
In Jesus’ name we pray,
1. It helps to talk about feelings. Having pictures is very helpful in kids understanding their emotions. They can look at a picture and match that to their feelings.
2. It helps to have a calm down box kit that you have put together with your child before the meltdown moments. This gives them time to add items that help them calm down and feel ownership over their calm down kit box.
3. It helps to have a calm down corner or table spot so it becomes a new routine to replace the old behavior. Have some structure to help them know, when you need your box you need to be at the table with the play-doh….or whatever rules you need to share beforehand.
4. Making a little sign with their name on the Calm Down Box Kit helps them feel like it is their box and something special to them. This may encourage them to pick this more often.
5. Adding things that help them have a creative outlet can be good. It helps to know what your child likes. You know your child best and this can be a great opportunity to get to know him or her better. You can ask “what helps you calm down?” Maybe it’s something they can mold and change can help them focus like play-doh. Maybe it’s building with blocks or legos. Sometimes a fuzzy toy to snuggle is comforting. Sometimes, having a little notepad to doodle is helpful.
sensory calm bottle
a comforting toy
books about feelings
6. Then, you can add it all into the Calm Down Kit Box. Before using their Calm Down Kit Box, it helps to talk about where they can use their Calm Down Kit Box and how to clean up too. This will keep mommy calm. It’s okay to update and change your Calm Down Kit as your child grows.
7. Enjoying a book can help them calm down. When they calm down, they can share their books with their siblings to feel positive and like they are moving forward in their day.
Some our favorite books for kids feeling and social emotional learning are:
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8. Sometimes, having multiple calm box kit activities or calm corners in different areas of your home or yard can be helpful. My son loves to get active and get outside. We have a calm box of blocks made out of recycled wood that my son enjoys as well.
9. A family pet can be so comforting as well. They can be so kind, loyal, and understanding giving our kids a chance to be calm and feel like they are not being judged in their difficulties.
Jack and Maggie May are good pals. They are both very energetic and adventurous.
10. You can add a picture of you and your child in their calm box and when they are calm remind them how much you love them. Hug them, pray with them. Give them lots of kisses. You were made to be the mommy of your children!! God knows you are trying and He will bring you everything you need to be their best parent. You can pray to Him anytime and watch how He wraps his loving presence all around you and your children. You got this mommies!
Stories in the bible to remind them feelings are okay for kids:
John 2: 13-22
You can discuss the Story of Jesus in the temple when he gets angry. We can show our children that anger is a part of being human but it is important to let the anger go quickly and think about why we were angry.
We can remind them:
Come to God with any and every feeling.
Feelings are okay, it’s how we deal with them. How can we manage our feelings and use them for good? How can be more like Jesus in our struggles? How can we ask for forgiveness when we make a bad choice?
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What will you add in your Calm Down Box Kit?
Thanks and Blessings,