Parenting — 12 April 2008
Teaching Children to Be In The “Now”

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THE DAILY GROOVE ~ by Scott Noelle

:: The Now Game ::

Here’s a game you can play to lift your child’s spirits.

It works especially well for 2-to 6-year-olds but can be adapted for any age.

Sadness, disappointment, worry, guilt, and fear are characterized by a focus on the past or future. Getting focused on the *present* can bring instant relief and is the object of this game.

All players must play by *choice*, so it starts with a gentle invitation or suggestion: “Let’s play the Now Game.”

It’s more effective if YOU play, too. And to be truly present yourself, you must let go of any attachment to the outcome of the game, which lies in the future.

The game is simple:

Take turns using your *senses* to describe things in your environment until you both feel more present. Use simple “NOW statements” and avoid value judgments.

For example:

* NOW I see a blue hat.
* NOW I see the sky.
* NOW I feel the dog’s fur.
* NOW I hear a flock of birds.
* NOW I smell a rose.. . .

NOW I feel better!

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