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Developing Skills for Mindful Parenting

Categories: Mindfulness Parenting For All, Parenting 101|

Parents have a lot to handle these days. Here are some methods for staying sane when things get real. Becoming a parent and having the opportunity to raise a little one of your own is one of the best gifts that life has to offer. Still, as beautiful as the experience is, there’s a lot that goes into parenting that can wear you down until you feel like having a temper tantrum of your own. When it feels like you’re losing control of your emotions, some mindful parenting techniques can help you to dial it back and deal with the situation in a healthy and productive way. Living mindfully is not [...]

Building Emotional Agility

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Reframe how you and your children process feelings to help develop healthy emotional agility. Many people approach their emotional well-being as a zero-sum game. They get it into their heads that the goal is never to feel bad, ever. No bad days, no frustrations, no negative thoughts. If they feel anger, sadness or anxiety at any point in the day, it feels like a failure. That feeling of failure compounds the negativity into a downward spiral, and the day may be shot. This is especially the case for children and their parents. While children remain admirably resilient, they lack the coping skills to manage big emotions, a trait that can be debilitating [...]

Key Strategies to Help Your Child Transition Back to School During a Pandemic

Categories: Parenting 101, Special Needs Parenting, Summer|

Change is hard for all of us. Since the onset of COVID-19 in the spring, we have been in a constant state of flux. Families went from routines and always being on the go to sheltering-in-place in their homes. Overnight, work and education went from outside in, shifting from offices and schools to our kitchen tables. Therapy sessions moved home and telehealth became the new normal. We did kitchen kindergarten and remote therapy for a while before transitioning to summer. Now, as the days grow shorter and the aisles at Target are filled with bright yellow Crayola boxes, it’s time to think about school again. Transitions can mean challenges, especially when [...]

Safe Fun Family Activities During a Summer Pandemic

Categories: Mindfulness Parenting For All|

Develop new fun activities to spend quality time together as a family this summer. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed much about the way we live and relate to others. Social distancing is necessary. A lot of conventional summer family activities, like visiting the local pool or attending summer camp, are out of the question this year. But that doesn’t mean you and your kids have to sit home feeling bored! Here are some fun, relaxing and educational activities the whole family can enjoy without putting anyone at risk. Create a Scavenger Hunt This is a fun way to structure playtime, teach kids independence and incorporate new knowledge. Hide between five to [...]

Transforming Fear into Courage

Categories: Mindfulness Parenting For All|

Learn how to transform fear into courage with these mindfulness techniques.To feel afraid at times is normal — everyone experiences fear.Learning tools to deal with fear will allow you and your child a stronger voice in life. Fear is an emotion that can help us be cautious. Parents can help kids feel safe and learn to feel at ease.According to Focus on Family Canada, “As a child matures, old fears are overcome, and new fears arise to take their place. Interestingly, children of similar ages tend to share similar types of fears.”Focus on Family breaks down fears in children according to the age group:Infants and toddlers — fear of separation from parent, [...]

Apps to Help With Anxiety, Sleep, and Relaxation

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Apps can be a priceless tool. Imagine your child having a coping skill in their pocket that can bring harmony and presence at home or in the classroom. Meditation apps are fostering great results, they can help young ones calm down and help improve focus and concentration. Many environments can be overstimulating. Mindfulness apps can help reduce the effects by calming the mind. If your child is dealing with social anxiety or mental health-related symptoms or disorders such as ADHD, apps can be very beneficial to aid in the reduction of symptoms. In many cases, all that is needed is a quiet room, a soothing voice to guide them, and the [...]

Amazing Summer Family Activities to Try Right Now

Categories: Mindfulness Parenting For All, Parenting 101, Special Needs Parenting, Summer|

Ah, summer. It’s the season for outdoor fun, especially if you have little ones at home. Sometimes simply playing in the yard or taking a walk around the block can be all the entertainment you need on a nice summer day. It is also fun (and often educational) to try some new summer activities. Here are a few suggestions to keep everyone interested and engaged. Go Berry Picking Find a local farm offering you-pick strawberries, blueberries, or cherries. (Avoid picking raspberries or blackberries with little ones because these plants contain thorns.) Spend a few hours picking berries, all the while explaining to your kids how berries grow. When you get home, [...]

Learn How You Can Rock as a Father with These Simple Tips

Categories: Parenting 101|

Learn how you can rock as a father with these simple tips. As a father, you want what is best for your child. You know you cannot always be perfect. But you want the decisions you make, the actions you take, and the ways you treat your children to make them feel loved and supported. How can you absolutely rock as a father in the 21st century?  Make Family Time a Priority The number one way to be an amazing father is to simply be there. You are thinking of your children while earning money to support them and shopping to put food on the table. But they also need your physical [...]

All Children Are Special

Categories: Mindfulness Parenting For All, Special Needs Parenting|

Special needs children offer important lessons to parents and the community. Indeed, the term special needs is associated with disabilities and implores parents as well as stakeholders in the community to ensure their children get special assistance and accommodations for their medical, psychological and learning deficiencies. However, the use of the term special needs has led to the creation of a cloud of darkness over children and is making them feel that their needs can only be addressed if they have certain deficits. All children have special needs at different stages of their development and require effective accommodations to allow them to attain the critical milestones in their life journeys. These needs [...]

Staying Mindful When You Are on the Edge

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Parents continually face stressful situations with the constant demands of work and family. Uncontrolled stress makes it difficult for a parent to respond appropriately when their child acts out. Yelling, spanking and other aggressive or violent punishments can be the result of stress buildup. A moment of uncontrolled anger can permanently compromise your child’s quality of life. Mindful parenting is a long-term solution to stress. When a parent’s emotions threaten to take over, mindfulness techniques help resolve issues in a calm and reasonable way. The Critical Role of Self-Observation for Parents One of the main tenets of mindfulness practice is self-observation. Practitioners take time to observe their thoughts, reactions and feelings. This [...]

Mindful Body Scan for Peace of Mind

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Incorporate this meditative body scan technique to help soothe your family’s collective mind. From the time the alarm clock jolts you out of bed until you lay your head on the pillow at night, you rush from one activity to another. Racing to keep up in today’s world often leaves parents without the energy to respond appropriately to their children. When pressure mounts, parents may resort to a sharp voice as a reaction to their child’s behavior. Not only is this method ineffective, it may cause emotional damage that will impact your child for life. Mindful parenting seeks to calm the mind, relax emotions and restore the ability to reason clearly. Mindfulness [...]

Staying Mindful Through Aggression

Categories: Mindfulness Parenting For All|

Children acting out aggressively can be emotional for everyone in the family. But mindful parenting techniques may help. On a sunny day, you find yourself seated on a park bench watching your toddler run around and chase a new friend. As you sit chatting with the child’s mother, a sudden piercing cry interrupts your conversation. Both of you race toward the sounds of angry sobs, only to find your little one flailing arms and fists in the face of the other child. Embarrassed and angry, you physically scoop your child up while profusely apologizing to the other parent. For parents of children with aggressive tendencies, this is a common occurrence. While some [...]