Hello Parents, Guardians, and Influencers...
Thank you for taking this time to be with your child during one of our G.U.T Gatherings!
Consider this a fun, uplifting, educational, and grounding workshop for the whole family!
The tools and exercises are based on the science of what happens to the body when we are stressed, worried, etc (in G.U.T words, "when the Waves of Yuck©" are passing through). We will be doing a combination of body, mind, and voice exercises that are meant to support all attendees with doing three primary things:
1. Individually: Learn and practice tools that will help with recognizing when a challenging wave of emotion (the yuck!) is passing through...and then how to help it pass in a healthy way.
2. Relationally: Create Connection Opportunities (CO!) - allowing you to interact with each other in ways that can be challenging to make time for at home.
3. For Everyone: Create Growth Opportunities (GO!) in the moment and during those Waves of Yuck!
We really want you to get the most out of the event.
*Here are ways you can do that:
Understand the developing child brain: See "Good to Know" to the right...
If you have a child approximately nine (9) and younger:
Children in the nine (9) or younger age range may need more adult assistance at the event. We will give specific direction in the moment, but you can prepare yourself now by planning on actively engaging them during some or most of the exercises. You will be their eyes, ears, and overall guides throughout the gathering.
After the event: They will definitely need your support with reinforcement and practice at home. They will benefit from you stopping and doing the exercises with them – or encouraging them to use the tools in that moment. Eventually, you will see them do it on their own!
If you have a child approximately (10) and older:
At this stage of development, children can work more independently. They will be able to follow the directions and understand the learning points. Emotional awareness is higher than the younger group, however emotional self-care is still very much in development.
Also, because this is the time where a child begins to use logic, reasoning, and analysis - they are more vulnerable to being self-conscious and self-critical. This is demonstrated by the tendency to hold back a little during the exercises. Encouraging them to really commit to participating in all parts of the event with gusto will support them with letting go of any hesitations!
After the event: Just like the younger group, they will need your support with reinforcement and practice at home. Applying the tools is still something they are embodying. However, they can usually benefit from a simple reminder, versus needing you to stop and do it with them (although it is always a connection opportunity when you do)!
For children of all ages:
This event is meant to create connection opportunities that are difficult to have when a) the Waves of Yuck© are passing through, and b) as your child matures.
While at the event making eye contact, holding hands, and essentially doing the exercises together is very helpful in two ways:
1. Fostering that connection between you, and
2. Embodying the practice.
Continuing the exercises you learn at home will be life changing. You can practice proactively (i.e. using the Daily Regimen included in your gift bag). And you can practice reactively (when a wave of yuck is passing through and you use your tools to help it pass).
For the adults:
In order to support our children, we must first be able to support ourselves. No doubt, adults experience Waves of Yuck© as well. That is why everything we learn and practice will be very much for the adults as it is for the children. Practicing the different tools can help a normally challenging moment go much smoother.
We strongly encourage you to really let yourself experience each exercise. When you do that, it allows you to truly get the most of the event - not to mention it's freeing to just let go!
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