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Understanding 7 Challenging Toddler Behaviors

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Raising a toddler is exciting. They are filled with excitement and curiosity as they learn new things and discover the world around them. This is also the stage when they realize that they are separate from their caregivers (like their parents) and feel a sense of independence. As a result, they are more assertive and are able to communicate their likes and dislikes. Some parents find themselves in a conundrum: my toddler is driving me crazy. Toddlers tend to exhibit a lot of challenging behaviors that all parents struggle with at one time or another. If this is something that you’ve experienced, you have come to the right place. Defining Challenging Behaviors [...]

Mindfulness for Childhood Anxiety

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How mindfulness can become a useful part of your child’s mental-health toolkit. Parents shouldn’t be intimidated by conversations about how to manage childhood anxiety. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that anxiety is a problem that needs to be fixed. In reality, anxiety is an expected, everyday part of the human experience that can be managed. All of us will experience anxiety at some point. While we never want to downplay or dismiss the debilitating impact that anxiety can have when it’s left unchecked, we also want to avoid the extreme of thinking that a child is somehow flawed or damaged just because they experience anxiety. Anxiety [...]

10 Ways to Connect With Your Child Every Day

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Have you ever seen your child trip and hurt their knee at the park? What’s the first thing that they do before they start crying? Yep, they search for you – their protector. It is instinctive for a child to connect to their parents for safety and security in moments like this. As a parent, moments like this give you a great learning opportunity on how to connect with your child. Humans are biologically wired to seek connection. A child who is just learning how the world works express fear of abandonment or longing for more of their caregivers by seeking attention and connection. Sadly most parents today tend to dwell on [...]

How to Raise a Resilient Kid

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Why is it that some kids flourish even in the face of adversity? It’s resilience. This is an important trait to cultivate in your child at a young age so they are able to overcome major stumbling blocks later on in life. Raising resilient children is something that you need to focus on so that your child can thrive despite facing major hurdles in life. What Does it Take to Be Resilient? Resiliency is when you face a seemingly insurmountable challenge, yet you push on instead of simply giving up. This is one of the traits you need to develop in your child as they grow up. It is also a great [...]

How to Stop Your Toddler from Throwing Things

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The next thing toddlers do after learning how to open their fingers and use their hands to pick things up, is to throw anything they can get their hands on. Toddlers throwing things is pretty common; it is actually a crucial part of their fine-motor skills development. For parents however, it can be one of the more frustrating stages to deal with. So how do you exactly stop your toddler from throwing things? Why toddlers throw things Before you can teach your child how NOT to throw things up, you need to understand why they do this behavior in the first place. Most children between 18 months and 3 years old find [...]

Journaling: Secret to Student Success

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Learn about all the potential benefits mindful journaling offers to students. Parents looking to make the most of their child’s educational experience may want to encourage the use of the mindfulness tool, journaling. Some of the benefits of journaling include reduction of anxiety, improved grades, students become more invested in studies, and journaling ultimately helps them decide how to attain a career path. Some students may have kept a journal in years past, but mindful journaling is different than what they may be used to as it involves intentional practice and goal-setting to help them achieve desired goals in a structured and mindful way. The Benefits of Journaling for Students Before [...]

Why Punishment is Ineffective and What You Can do Instead

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Punishment is one of the oldest forms of discipline known to humans. It’s no surprise that parents turn to it as a form of controlling the behavior of their children and make sure they are not being unruly or disobedient. But does punishing really work? Is this the best approach to instilling discipline in your child? Experts like to think otherwise, especially since they believe there are many disadvantages to punishing a child. The thing is, punishment helps you achieve the desired outcome – temporarily. This gives parents the false idea that it’s the best approach to stop unwanted behavior. Discover why it’s actually ineffective and what you can do instead. Why [...]

Post-Pandemic Mindfulness for Kids

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Helping children cope with the effects of living through a pandemic with mindfulness tips and tools.  With a phenomenon as wide-reaching as the COVID-19 pandemic, it is nearly impossible to know the full extent to which communities across the globe have been disrupted. The loss of life has been as staggering as it has been far-reaching — but while the pandemic has created holes in many tight-knit adult circles, just as concerning is its mental impact on children. Some children are naturally resilient and resistant to mental health issues caused by large-scale disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Others may feel the effects of anxiety and depression long after the pandemic is [...]

Back to School Mindful Organization

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Keep organized with these mindfulness tools during the back-to-school season. Throughout the pandemic, mindfulness has become a key practice for many parents. As lockdowns set in, it became much more important to focus on the small things that brought us joy, instead of grieving for those things we had lost. Now that parts of the world are returning to a state of normalcy, mindfulness is still just as important as before — but the way in which we practice it is going to have to change. Why? Simply put, in-person responsibilities are returning. On top of practicing mindfulness, parents are once again taking kids to and from school, dropping them off [...]

Parenting After COVID

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How parents can ease back into mindfulness after many months of intense pandemic anxiety.  The COVID-19 pandemic has tested all of us — from the young to the old, to the sick and the healthy — no one has been un-impacted by the implications of our current global health crisis. And while we have all learned to cope and deal with the lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, mask mandates, travel restrictions, workplace changes, and new responsibilities, it has — to put it lightly — not been easy. One cohort that has been specifically impacted by COVID-19 is new parents. Under normal life circumstances, parenting is difficult enough. After all, caring for newborns and [...]

Mindful Dads

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Fathers can also greatly benefit from mindful communication with their children. Being present and practicing mindfulness with children is easier said than done. While new mothers are traditionally expected to be mindful, fathers are often understudied and overlooked when it comes to the relationships they form and nurture. While there is little research that specifically assesses the impact of mindfulness on father-child relationships, a multitude of twin-parent studies shows that there are immensely beneficial aspects of open communication between fathers and their children. The following benefits of mindfulness are directly correlated with an enhanced relationship between dads and their families. As such, mindful communication among fathers should be studied, practiced, and [...]

Benefits of a Mindful Mom

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Learn how practicing mindfulness can help with some of the stresses of motherhood. Nothing in the world can fully describe the emotional roller-coaster that is motherhood. Motherhood marks a new chapter in a woman’s story and brings with it a new sense of purpose and meaning to life. Mothers experience a myriad of new emotions and a fierce love for their children, as they have never felt before. Nonetheless, motherhood can get overwhelming and exhausting. Some days you may feel like you are being pulled in a thousand different directions, making you feel drained and in desperate need of some peace and quiet. This is where the art of mindfulness comes [...]