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Mindfulness for Children

3 Tips for Mindful Homeschoolers

Mindful homeschooler

Homeschool mindfulness, for me, is the ability to allow learning to happen in the moment. It’s about letting go of control and trusting that your children will learn. It’s less about your plan and more about your children’s interests and natural curiosity and diving down rabbit holes. – Caitlin Curley, My Little Poppies My mindfulness …
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10 Back-to-school Tips for the Mindful Parent

Back to school tips

It’s that time of year again! Soon the leaves will be falling, and the days will get colder, shorter and darker. For many of us, it’s a favourite time of year – Ah, yes! Back to routine! And the cinnamon-spiced lattes. For kids, though, it’s often a mixed blessing. They will see friends they haven’t …
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Do You Have a “Chore-Resistant” Family?

Mindfulness and chores

Here in Vancouver, the sight of the sun streaming through the windows beckons us to head outdoors and enjoy the day. Then before I know it, August creeps up on me and I think of all the de-cluttering I’d planned to do over the summer. And once again I procrastinate because now the job seems too big. My mind resists the chores, and the things I should be doing keep playing in the back of my mind like an App on the iPhone that’s continuously running in the background.
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Mindfulness Stress Reduction Tips for Moms and Dads

First, let’s look at what stress is and where it comes from: everyday things like traffic noise, or rare events like illness or divorce (called stressors). Stress is part of our lives, and we can learn to reduce its harmful effects by becoming aware of how we are reacting in the moment. Learning and practicing …
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Mindfulness Training: Developing Emotional Literacy in Young Kids

Developing emotional intelligence

When you teach kids … how to recognize their feelings, understand where they come from and learn how to deal with them, you teach them the most essential skills for their success in life. …Additional data concludes that “young people with high EQ [emotional intelligence] earn higher grades, stay in school, and make healthier choices. Psychology Today, …
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Mindfulness Classes for 6 to 8-Year-Olds, Part 2: More Mindful Games

Mindfulness classes for kids

As we learned in Part 1 “Mindfulness Classes for 6 to 8-Year-Olds: Tips for Getting Started,” we can cultivate in our children present-moment awareness (mindfulness) by engaging their imaginations in mindful activities. Play-based mindful activities create a positive association in our children’s brains with the mindfulness skills they are learning. Mindfulness games and activities help …
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Mindfulness Classes for 6 to 8-Year-Olds: Tips for Getting Started

Mindfulness classes for kids

I’m currently teaching mindfulness to children aged 6 to 8, and find that teaching mindfulness to young kids is so rewarding because they teach me as much as I teach them. Have you ever wondered what a mindfulness class for kids in Kindergarten to Grade 3 would look like in action? What happens when we …
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Mindful Conflict Resolution Tips for Kids, Teens and Parents

Mindful conflict resolution

“He started it!” “Did not!” “Did too!” Conflict and conflicting opinions are a part of life, and younger kids may have an exchange similar to the one above. When my older daughter was preteen, I used to get an eye roll every time (or at least it felt like every time) I would say something …
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Being Mindful with the Children in Your Life Improves Their Confidence and Self-Esteem

Mother being mindful with child

Like the meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg, notes in Faith, our personal view of things can be like ‘Looking at the sky through a straw.’ Our thoughts about ourselves may not appreciate the full reality of who we are.Psychology Today, “Overcoming Low Self-Esteem with Mindfulness” Mindfulness trainers hear many different questions from parents, teachers, and students who attend …
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