inspiration

Suggestions and articles to inspire you and your children to live more mindfully

helping little ones with big emotions

Posted on 12 Sep 2017

helping little ones with big emotions

Ideally, as parents, we want to help our children…. “know how to feel deeply, how to listen to their feelings, their messages, and respond appropriately, and when to redirect a feeling.” This article is a helpful guide to use as a starting point.

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step off the treadmill

Posted on 8 Sep 2017

step off the treadmill

Often we transition from a challenging situation straight into the next moment, without giving ourselves times to reset. This article by Carrie Williams Howe encourages us to step off the treadmill, and catch our breath. It suggests placing a meditation pillow, a mindfulness book, or some other little reminder inside the door of your office, or the dashboard of your car – a place you usually land after typical stressful moments. This will help remind you to step off of the treadmill and catch...

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adults go fast and children go slow

Posted on 31 Aug 2017

adults go fast and children go slow

Adults go fast and children go slow. You could even argue that children are mindful while we are mindless as we rush from one task to the next. This difference in pace can leave us feeling frustrated, irritated and stressed while our child might respond with tears, stamping, and a meltdown. Read more here in this well written article about how to slow down and be more mindful of your child’s pace to find a new rhythm that feels less rushed, more playful and more in tune with your...

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mindful parenting

Posted on 24 Aug 2017

mindful parenting

Sometimes people think that being a mindful parent means you won’t get upset or angry. But mindfulness is not about denying or ignoring negative emotions. It is about paying attention to what you’re feeling without clinging to it. You are not your emotion and you don’t have to act on the emotion. If we choose to be more mindful by pausing before responding, we can teach kids that they too can pause and choose to respond instead of react. Read more here about how to be a mindful parent in...

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the senses walk

Posted on 17 Aug 2017

the senses walk

  A fun and easy mindful activity to do with your children at home or somewhere in nature is the Senses Walk. Find a short path and start by standing together in one place for a few moments. Then take 5 steps together and invite them to join you in sharing “I see…”. Then take another 5 steps together and suggest another sense: I see.. I smell.. I hear.. I feel.. Take it slow. Don’t rush. Encourage them to remain quiet while walking and instead focusing on observing...

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how does your child spend their time?

Posted on 2 Aug 2017

how does your child spend their time?

Melissa Bernstein, co-founder of Melissa and Doug (and a mom of six kids) says parents need to know how important unstructured play — indoors and outdoors — is, and how dangerous technology can be for kids who are too young. “It’s like giving a kid a little bit of cocaine and telling them to be careful,” she says. Read more in this well written article showing empathy for parents, but highlighting the dangers of screen time....

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