Truthfully, he is probably a bit ADHD. Well, ok. Maybe a LOT ADHD. He comes by it honestly, though. So I thought I would teach him some meditation to help focus his mind.
Ninjas meditate. In their dojos. I will be Sensei Mamma-Wu!
Interestingly, I undertook this task without ever having done a single lick of meditation myself. But hey, I’ve seen it in movies, right? So how hard can it be to teach a five year old kid with ADHD? You just sit crossed legged in the floor with your eyes closed and clear your mind…
Except that I don’t clear my mind. Ever. A common quote from residency was, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Bad things fill those empty spaces. Fill them up with things of your own choosing so the negative never has a chance. So I do.
Our first few attempts went ok. 60 seconds, that was my starting point with him. It was the novelty of it being part of his ninja training that drew him in.
Novelty did not last long, however. Before I destroyed it for him, I stopped pushing it.
Back to the drawing board. I decided maybe I needed to focus on myself for a bit before I attempted trying to help him. The whole trying to pick a speck out of your neighbor’s eye when there is a plank in your own, thing. Ah, parenting!
I downloaded an app, don’t laugh, and have been using that for a couple of weeks. I look forward to it, which surprises me. My biggest problem is finding my brain chasing after post topics and resisting the urge to hit pause while I jot down notes.
Next up? Trying the app with the kiddo! The Dojo is BACK!