Linking with Five Minute Friday (though it is now Monday!) Once a week bloggers get together to write on a set topic for five minutes straight, with no editing. This week the theme is: Hands
Fold your Hands (Tip for toddlers)
As I sat down with our Little Miss to say ‘grace’ she folded her hands and bowed her head. So cute. It is when you see these cute moments, when you joy in them, you start to think. Why do we teach our kids to fold their hands when they pray?
Because it helps them with their focus, with their self control.
The hands are the vehicle for so much activity – for helping, for making, for sorting, for loving, and unfortunately, for dislike and hating as well! Our little ones are busy busy and their hands are always a part of the action. So when we want them to be still the hands are the key.
• Saying grace – in our family we held hands to say Grace. This not only made it a family together time, but it helped the toddler not to touch, bang, or play with their food while we said grace.
• Giving instructions – when I wanted a little person to listen to instruction I would kneel down to their level, and hold their hands. This kept them in one spot (which is helpful), but also gave a physical connection so they knew I was talking to them
• Limiting their ability to annoy – so often coming home from town one child would start being annoying by touching, poking, or hitting their sibling, so I would get them to sit on their hands.
• Saying sorry – a hug, or pat is a physical expression of saying sorry before they can verbalise the words.
• Sign language – they can use their hands to sign words like help, hello, goodbye.
By teaching our little ones to have self control over their hands we are giving them a tool that they will reap the benefits of for the rest of their life!
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