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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 [...]

A Special Kind of Stress

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Calming techniques for the chaos and anxiety of special needs life. Raising a child with special needs is a challenging task that can drain parents, especially when effective coping methods are absent. Brain development in children is a complex process that depends on several factors, including nutrition, social interaction, and engaging in numerous activities. This multifactorial process is primarily reliant on the parents’ commitment. Parents can make a big difference in raising their children, and consequently, how well their cognitive abilities develop. The Role of Mindfulness Over the past few years, researchers have inspected hundreds of clinical trials to comprehend the effects of mindfulness. Published studies have found that mindfulness benefits [...]

Interpersonal Mindful Parenting

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Two new studies offer insights on how mindfulness techniques may impact parenting. Mindfulness starts with awareness. With the following questions having no correct answers, reflect on them as you read this article. By being mindful of our behaviors, we can be less reactive and more resourceful in our choices. Never True Rarely True Sometimes True Often True Always True I find myself listening to my child with one ear because I am busy doing or thinking about something else at the same time. When I’m upset with my child, I notice how I am feeling before I take action. I notice how changes in my child’s mood affect my mood. [...]

A Campfire Story

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A tale of “The Two Wolves” is a helpful allegory to help guide our pursuit of mindfulness.  An old Cherokee Indian is huddled around a campfire with his grandson, with only the shine of the moon and hum of the turning world for company. “A fight is going on inside me,” the Cherokee said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight; it is between two wolves. One is angry. It has envy, greed, arrogance, guilt, resentment, inferiority, and superiority. The other is good. Joyful, peaceful, loving, hopeful, humble, kind, benevolent, have empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and is faithful.” “The same fight is going on inside you and inside every other [...]

New Year Mindfulness

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Start the new year off in a more mindful state with these meditation tips. As we all know, the turn of a New Year can bring with it a whole wave of emotions. Many people look ahead to the next 12 months and make resolutions, vowing to make positive changes in their lives that they did not quite manage the previous year. However, some also reflect on past guilt and regrets from time now passed, disappointed at some of the decisions they made or things they experienced. This mixture of emotions is completely normal! However, it is important that you take the time to learn from these feelings, preparing yourself for [...]

A Mindfulness Refresher

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It’s a good time for going back to some mindfulness basics.  Mindfulness is far more than being aware of an experience — it is also understanding why we are aware of it. Mindfulness is the human capacity to process a situation and approach it with kindness and warmth. By having a firm grasp over where your focus lies, you can gain a far greater insight into the meaning behind the experience. This idea of open interest within the experience is called “simple knowing.” As experienced teachers of mindfulness, we have seen so many different people from different walks of life come to us for different reasons. Mindfulness knows no boundaries, stereotypes [...]