Updated: Jun 1, 2020
It's difficult to, as a parent or caregiver, watch your child get overwhelmed by a situation, have a meltdown (or shut down) and you don't know how to help them.
It could be so many things: the child feels overpowered, the child's sensory is overloaded, the child can't find words to communicate feelings, the child feels excluded, etc.
Simply observing can be an easy way to parent mindfully. It's also a way to get your child to feel empowered. For example, "I can see that your face is red and you have tears in your eyes." Or, "I see you've stomped down the hallway and slammed the door."
Now your child feels seen.
"Do you want to tell me why you're upset?" Sometimes a child will spill right then and there and sometimes they answer with a harsh, "NO!"
If your child isn't ready to talk, no reason to shame them or manipulate them into talking. A simple, "I understand. When you are ready to talk or need a hug I will be sitting right here."
Giving your child space to process or calm down is being mindful to their world.