Guest Post by Alison Lieber, MA, AMFT

Alison Lieber is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT136606) supervised by Bren M. Chasse at Anchor Psychotherapy, Inc. in Pasadena, specializing in therapy services for children and families, with a clinical focus on mindfulness and play. Get to know Alison, her specialties, and her services at

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Alison Lieber

In today’s fast-paced world, children and families alike face numerous challenges that can take a toll on mental health and emotional well-being. Stressors such as academic pressures, social demands, and technology distractions can overwhelm even the youngest members of our families. As a marriage and family therapist specializing in mindfulness and play therapy for children, I’m here to share with you some valuable insights and practical strategies for integrating mindfulness into your family’s daily routines. These practices can support your children’s mental health and emotional regulation, fostering a more harmonious and balanced family life.

Mindfulness Practices in Daily Family Life

Lead by Example

Children learn best by observing their parents and caregivers. As parents, it’s crucial to model mindfulness in your daily life. Incorporate mindful practices such as deep breathing, mindful eating, or simply being present in the moment. When children see their caregivers prioritizing mindfulness, they are more likely to follow suit.

Mindful Mealtimes

Use mealtime as an opportunity to cultivate mindfulness. Encourage your family to eat together without distractions like smartphones or TV. Invite everyone to savor the flavors, textures, and aromas of the food. This practice promotes mindful eating, which can improve digestion and encourage a positive relationship with food.

    Breathing Exercises

    Teach your children simple breathing exercises to help them manage their emotions. One effective technique is the “4-7-8” breathing method, where they inhale for four counts, hold for seven, and exhale for eight. This can be especially helpful during moments of anxiety or frustration.

    Mindful Listening

    Practice mindful listening as a family. Sit in a circle and take turns sharing thoughts, feelings, or stories without interruption. Encourage active listening by using a “talking stick” or a soft object passed from one person to the next. This practice fosters empathy, communication skills, and emotional awareness.

    Mindful Play

    Incorporate mindfulness into playtime. Engage in activities that require full attention, such as building with LEGO bricks, drawing, or playing with Play-Doh. These activities can help children focus, reduce stress, and enhance creativity.

    Nature Walks

    Explore nature together as a family. Whether it’s a hike in the woods, a visit to the beach, or a stroll in the park, spending time in nature can promote mindfulness. Encourage your children to observe the sights, sounds, and sensations of the natural world.

    Mindful Breathing Before Bed

    Establish a calming bedtime routine that includes mindfulness. Spend a few minutes lying in bed with your child, practicing deep, slow breathing. This can help ease anxiety and promote a peaceful night’s sleep.

    Mindful Journals

    Encourage your children to keep mindfulness journals. They can jot down their thoughts, feelings, and observations about their day. This practice not only fosters self-reflection but also provides an opportunity for open communication within the family.

    Mindful Gratitude

    End each day by sharing something you are grateful for as a family. This practice can shift the focus from what went wrong to what went right, promoting a positive mindset and emotional well-being.

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