The limited activities and stress of the pandemic can strain family bonds. Here are some helpful resources to both reconnect and bring mindfulness into the home.
Sobriety Support for Moms
Sober Mom Squad was born when Emily Lynn Paulson, a recovery coach and mother of five, realized in the early days of the pandemic that “there wasn’t a specific support for moms who also happened to be navigating an alcohol-free life.” Welcoming all moms at any stage in their sobriety, the Squad dispels the idea that “mommy juice” is required to unwind: “Daily gratitude journaling, meditation, exercise, listening to music or shutting down technology are solid ways to regroup without alcohol,” says Paulson. The Squad hosts daily virtual meetings, a members’ forum, and a book and podcast resource library.
Mindfulness Practices for the Whole Family
myKinCloud, styled as a “family mindfulness app,” offers a variety of mindfulness and yoga practices that members can access, and then post about what they did on their family’s private feed. The intention is to strengthen bonds within families, through sharing each other’s mindfulness journeys. It’s available for both Apple and Android devices.
Guided Meditations for Kids
Mindful Life Project also has an app—it’s free, ideal for families with younger children, and bilingual in English and Spanish. In both languages you’ll find a definition of mindfulness and its benefits, as well as an impressive menu of “sits” (guided audio practices) in categories such as Listening, Breathing, and Body Awareness. Most practices are under 5 minutes long and are led by MLP’s founder, JG Larochette, and other MLP teachers.