First off, I set up a snack cabinet. So often the kids are begging for snacks when I am trying to do something else. They can frustrated because I cannot respond quickly, and I get frustrated because I get interrupted. Of course, they are fully capable of getting their own snacks if I set up the environment for them. The snack cabinet is filled with healthy snacks that they can have pretty much whenever.
|Water pitcher and glasses so they can help themselves|
There is a basket under the table housing a few more calm down items. Here we have stress balloons that we made. We had so much fun making these. We made homemade playdough and then stuffed our balloons. It was tricky but a lot of fun. We love the finished product!
We also have Rescue Remedy, Tranquil Young Living Oil, and another calm down jar in that basket.
Tiger, Tiger Is it True?) in a basket, this completes our peace corner. It is a place we all go sometimes when we're feeling good and sometimes we're frustrated. We don't send kids to the peace corner, but sometimes we remind them it's there in case they'd like to use it when they are feeling angry or frustrated. This is one of the things we do in place of time-outs in our house. We try to offer tools to help each other cope with big feelings and less than ideal behavior. This goes for kids and adults alike.
The last spot in our home that we adapted was a more functional space for art. Art supplies had been hard to reach and the table was often covered in other toys. We now set up a place where crayons, markers, paper, and coloring books are always available. I also just got some new bins where I'll be able to put stickers, stamps, glue, and scissors so they are also always available whenever the creative urge may strike. This is also used sometimes instead of our peace corner because we all find coloring and drawing very calming.
Don't mind the balloons, the kids are on a balloon kick lately. The books, paper, and other supplies are housed on the bottom shelf of the bookshelf easily accessible to both boys. I am really enjoying our space being more inviting and peaceful. Of course, it's not like we are sitting and meditating all day long! I have two loud and busy boys, but it is nice for us all to be able to calm ourselves more easily when we feel overwhelmed.