Mindful Parenting: A Visit to the Pediatrician
If you’re a child of the 80s like I am, you’ll remember those old Hair Club for Men commercials. But for me, the president’s tagline is not just a gimmick. That’s because I’m not just Mind Yeti’s community manager; I’m also a client! Mind Yeti has helped me be a more mindful parent.
My daughter, Petra, is four years old. We started listening to Mind Yeti sessions this summer when I first joined the team. We listened to a couple of the “Learn the Basics” sessions in the morning before school for about a week, but to be honest, life got in the way and we stopped our regular practice.
A few months later, I took Petra to the pediatrician for her four-year-old check-up. She did great, until it was time for her immunizations. She started getting very nervous and teared up a bit as we were waiting for the nurse to come in and administer the shots. She kept putting her hands up to her face.
“What are you doing?” I asked her.
“I’m smelling the soup,” she said. “I’ve got a lot of scary Hubbubbles right now!”
I couldn’t believe it. On her own, my kid had remembered the breathing techniques she’d learned from Mind Yeti and was using them to calm herself. For anyone out there who has a young child, you know that emotional awareness and self-regulation are seldom-seen phenomena. But something about the easy, kid-friendly way the Mind Yeti sessions taught us about our thoughts, feelings, and sensations had resonated with her little four-year-old brain.
I immediately sat down next to her and we breathed in and out together until she’d calmed down and could sit still for the shots. On the way home, I asked her how she felt.
“The shots still hurt, but the soup helped my hubbub.”
Ever since that day at the doctor’s office, I’ve been able to remind Petra of our Mind Yeti sessions in lots of different scenarios. Just last week, during a busy Thanksgiving trip back east to see family, we had lots of opportunities. We practiced getting in our “Mind Yeti bodies” as our plane took off for the long flight. We talked about her angry Hubbubbles after she had a fight with her cousin over who got to spend more time with her grandmother. And when I got a little heated over a delay at baggage claim on the way home, Petra advised me, “Maybe you should just breathe, Mama.”
Over and over again, we’ve applied the skills we learned and the vocabulary we now share to our daily lives. And for me, that’s the true value of Mind Yeti, and why I am so excited to help bring this product to more homes and classrooms across the world.
Melissa is a veteran educator and learning designer. She leads the Mind Yeti user community.