How we can help our kids focus and calm down is always a
part of back to school season. We all want our children to do great each year,
and that means helping them learn to the best of their abilities.
The actions and emotions of children – and adults – are affected by our actions and what we eat. Establishing good sleep habits and a healthy diet will have a huge impact on helping kids focus and calm down.
At my house, we stopped buying junk food on a regular basis. I used to put it on our grocery list as if it was a needed food item. Those days are long gone!
If I don’t bring junk food into the house, my kids can’t eat it! Now, they may still get some at their friends’ houses, but at least the majority of their snacks at home will be healthy ones. What I teach and model for them, they will learn….simple but true. So now the junk food is kept strictly to fairs, special events and birthdays.
Perhaps you have tried to make healthy food for your children. Maybe you have tried to support your kids focus and calm their behavior with diet,
maintaining a regular sleep routine, but they still show signs of needing more support. If the body needs support beyond diet and sleep, a few tips can help.
Create calm spaces in the house.
Bedrooms should be free of toy clutter. Easy toy storage solutions can help.
Keeping electronics out of the kids’ rooms are a good idea too. We let our kids read books with a lamp or flashlight before bed but no electronics. This sets the stage for their rooms being calm spaces without a lot of stimulation.
Setting up a good bedtime routine takes time.
When my kids were infants it was tougher to set up a good bedtime routine, because they went through growth spurts so frequently. But stick with it and in time your bedtime routine will feel smoother.
Diffuse and apply essential oils to support sleep.
Young Living essential oils are safe to use with babies, kids and on skin. I only buy essential oils from them because of their purity and safety.
Great oils to diffuse and apply to your child’s feet before bed are Stress Away, Lavender, Peace & Calming, or Frankincense. All of those oils come in the Young Living Premium Starter kit that includes a diffuser, so you will be set to support restful sleep in your whole house when you get started with your Young Living oils.
Create calm school or home work time.
We rearranged some things in our house to help infuse our school day with more calm and support focus. A desk in each of the kids’ rooms helps us have quiet space for the older two to go to when they need to really avoid distractions.
We found a great one for the girls’ room on Facebook marketplace locally. Our boys have the desk their grandpa had when he was a boy. Use what you have to make a great homework space.
Maybe you have a small room you can make into a study space, or a small corner of your living room you can turn into a homework station. These ideas for homework spaces are pretty fun!
I made my children each an essential oil roller for focus. Since essential oils can reach the limbic lobe of the brain through our sense of smell, using them to support emotions and focus are really helpful.
I have a little roller holder on each of the kids’ dressers. They can apply their immune support oils before bed and their focus oils before homework time.
If your kids really need support for focus and attention span you would just have them roll on the oils for focus every 1-2 hours on their feet, neck, wrists. Great essential oils for focus are Vetiver, Frankincense, Citrus Fresh, Peppermint or Geneyus.
I believe so much in using natural options for helping our kids focus and calm down! They are so effective, cost-effective and have zero side effects over the short term and long term.
Enjoy your time at home!
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