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Finding balance is one of the greatest challenges in an ever-changing world. And keeping yourself balanced is difficult enough before you add children to the mix. They too have their own doshas and their own daily imbalances, and it can be tricky to figure out what to do to help create harmony for them.
The good news is that children tend to return to a state of balance more easily than adults. They have the tendency to see life in the now and this helps to keep them balanced. The truth is that in many cases, the child’s challenges come from the frustration and imbalances of their parents. The following information will help you recognize potential reasons for imbalance and give you the tools to stay in the moment with your children.
Each stage of life has a dosha and for children, Kapha is the dominant trait. Kapha is needed to build growing muscles and bones. This dosha is slower in motion, solid, and made of earth and water. Kapha people are patient and loving. An out-of-balance Kapha, on the other hand, is stubborn and doesn’t want to deal with challenges. This can manifest in children as temper tantrums that take place in the middle of the grocery store when they want that cereal with the Sponge Bob toy.
Children have their own personal Prakruti, or constitution, but they may need help recognizing it. They are growing into their personal dosha as well as dealing with imbalances just as adults do. Knowing that Kapha is the stage of childhood can help parents a great deal. Try these tips for the Kapha in your child.
Kapha may dominate the childhood years but this does not mean that your child IS Kapha. Pitta and Vata will show themselves and the more you know your child’s personality the more you will see these constitutions appear.
The Pitta child LOVES to compete, shows leadership qualities, is often outspoken, and can get angry at the snap of a finger. When you think Pitta, think fire. Here are some ways to pacify Pitta.
Vata is movement. Think of air, motion, and dryness. Does your child tend to jump from one thing to another? Are they distracted easily yet very creative? If you said yes, your child is most likely a Vata. This dosha has a flexible personality and is easier to balance than the other dosha types.
Keeping up with the balance for everyone in your home can be a challenge. Try speaking to your child about these points and remedies as you move throughout your day. Even the smallest child pays attention to your words. The more you teach them, the more you decrease your load of responsibility as they grow older. Above all, remember that your own personal balance is just as important as your child’s. When your balance, energy, and happiness are in check, they overflow into the home, helping to create balance for everyone.