How to mindfully observe your child paint to become more present

Posted by Anne Wesley on

Observing your child paint with brush and watercolor can be a wonderful opportunity to practice mindfulness and be fully present in the moment.

Here are some tips to mindfully observe your child's painting:

Create a calm and quiet space: Find a quiet and peaceful place where you and your child can sit comfortably and paint. This will help both you and your child to stay focused and engaged in the painting activity.

Be fully present: Put aside all distractions such as phones or other electronics and focus your attention fully on your child and their painting. Take a few deep breaths and let go of any worries or distractions in your mind.

Watch and listen: Observe your child's painting process with curiosity and interest. Watch how they hold the brush, mix the colors, and apply the paint to the paper. Listen to the sounds of the brush moving across the paper, and the swishing of the water.

Resist the urge to intervene: Avoid the temptation to correct or direct your child's painting. Allow them to freely express themselves through their painting without judgment or criticism.

Encourage your child: As you observe your child painting, offer words of encouragement and praise. Notice the colors they use, the shapes they create, and the overall composition of their painting. Let them know that their efforts are appreciated and valued.

Reflect on the experience: After the painting session, take a moment to reflect on the experience. Think about what you observed, how you felt, and what you learned about your child. Consider how you can incorporate mindfulness into other activities you do with your child.


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