Deep Breathing Challenge

Welcome to the Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival: Week #2 – Deep Breathing

This post was written for inclusion in the 10 Week Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival hosted by Prenatal to Parenting. This week our participants have written about mindful breathing. We hope you enjoy this week’s posts and consider joining us next week when we share about a week of Practicing Mindfulness.

Last week, I joined a Blog Train called Peaceful Parenting where I wrote about creating awareness of my triggers. Over the ten weeks, I will be updating you on my progress in my journey to becoming a more peaceful parent. This week, we practiced deep breathing. I am the kind of person who is always on the go – my wife always comments that I need to pause, reflect, and enjoy things more. For example, last weekend we went to Harrison Hot Springs and on the way home to Vancouver, I wanted to stop at Minter Gardens, Bridal Falls, and Mission Cathedral all in one day with a 14 month old daughter with us. Hardly any time to practice deep breathing. My wife would have been just as happy spending the whole day at Minter Gardens then rushing from place to place. As usual, my wife is always right! 

Upon returning to Vancouver, I decided to implement the Deep Breathing Exercise from the second week of the Peaceful Parenting Challenge. Breathing is something that just happens to us without thinking. However, when we become focused on our breathing and slow down our racing minds, we start to develop inner peace.  During the exercise, we were asked to say to ourselves: “I am breathing in” and as you breath out repeat “I am breathing out.” To tell you the truth, conscious and focused breathing is a habit that will take time to develop. It’s exercises like this which will help me keep on track.

I am grateful for the last two weeks of this Peaceful Parenting Challenge as I have become aware of my own triggers and now have learned how to do deep breathing exercises. I look forward to the remaining challenges in my journey to become the best dad I can be. We are doing another family trip for the BC Day Long Weekend so we’ll put these awareness and breathing exercises to the test. Hopefully, I’ll slow down, enjoy the scenery, and practice intentional breathing. If you want to hold me accountable, make sure you ask my wife how well I am progressing in this Peaceful Parenting Challenge! 🙂

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

Teaching My Spirited Son About Deep Breathing – Sarah from Prenatal to Parenting shares some ways to teach kids about deep breathing.

Deep Breathing Challenge Ricky at Daddy Blogger has been practicing and will be putting his deep breathing to the test on his family trip.

Just Breathe – Peaceful Parenting Challenge – Week 2 – Katrina from Kalem Photography goes up against her incessant need to be busy.

Remember to Breathe – Jennifer from The Children’s Directory discovers how breathing can work with parents-in-laws, friends, partners, co-workers and annoying neighbours as well as children.

Wow Week 2 & Epic Fail -Amanda from Family and Baby Sign Language discovers how challenging it is to find a few minutes to herself.

Breathing On  – Verena from Memory Maker Events talks the difference mindful breathing made in her busy days.

Epic Fail — Peaceful Parenting Week 2 Challenge 2: Breathe – Kathryn from Curiosity and the Kat wasn’t drawn to deep breathing.

Week #2 Peaceful Parenting Challenge – Michelle from My Peaceful Parenting models deep breathing for her sons.


Deep Breathing