Over the past few weeks, Rowan’s Pre-K class has been going on ‘listening walks’ around the school grounds. His teacher encouraged us to try them at home.
On Tuesday, we turned our walk to school into one. All of us were quiet and paid attention to the sounds around us. I heard so many birds, planes, and cars. Shockingly, all my other senses also perked up. I noticed things on my street that I’d never seen after two years of living here.
When we debriefed on what we heard, the kids were so calm. It was honestly the best way I’ve started my day in months.
So this week, pick a time (with or without your kids) to listen. It doesn’t take any more time and will help you de-stress and be more present.