Have you ever had one of those days? You know what I mean…one of those days where EVERYTHING is just ruffling your feathers and nothing is going right? We all have those kind of days. And by all, I mean ALL of us, including our little ones. How do you cope when you have a day like that? Do you spend the day stewing in everything bad that is happening? Or do you do something to change your outlook?
This is the lesson that Augie Otter teaches Little Owl. Augie is happy and carefree! He loves to help others and make his friends feel good about themselves. Augie is wise about the world and offers advice to those who wish to listen.
Little Owl was having one of “those” days where everything ruffled her feathers. Nothing was going right until she came across Augie Otter who helped her to relax, improve her mood, and look at things in a different way.
I know as parents or grandparents, we have seen our young one’s have days where they are just downright grumpy. They have days where no matter what you try to do to help, they are fussy and just not in a good mood. Most times as parents we think the child must be sleepy and need a nap. Or we think maybe they are coming down with something. But what if the child is just having one of those days?
We have them as adults so why can’t a child have a day like that too? While sometimes the cause of the grumpiness is just needing a nap, what if we followed the example of Augie and tried to change their point of view? There are plenty of things we can do to help turn their frown upside down.
Augie told Little Owl to close her eyes and pretend she was a leaf floating down the stream. At first she was hesitant, but eventually it worked! By relaxing and changing her mindset her whole mood changed. I encourage you to try something similar with your children when they are having a bad day.
Try creating a quiet space where you can sit with your little one, and suggest ways to become more relaxed and cheerful. Put on some calming music, encourage them to close their eyes, and imagine things that will make them feel calm and happy. Maybe it’s the ocean waves coming in and out against the shore. Maybe it’s sitting next to a brook where the water is flowing and the frogs are chirping. You can help guide them towards things you know make them happy.
Relaxation is something that both children and adults can use. It can improve your mood. As adults, try a guided meditation to help bring calmness to your life. Remember, the next time you are having one of those days, just follow Augie Otter’s advice and float away from your worries.