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Mindfulness for Kids and Families

Mindfulness can be a pretty big and confusing word, but if you break it down it is fairly simple to understand. According to Mindful.org:

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

We have a lot of anxiety in our household. It sometimes causes us to be unable to participate in things, it can also cause us to rush to anger, lash out, or yell when we feel anxious or afraid. I know that my kids get their anxieties from me, I too suffer a lot of anxiety. It can be hard to understand how to make them feel better about something that I too struggle with. I try to maintain physical activity, practice self-care like alone time, and take moments to assess how I am feeling when I feel anxious about things. It is a daily struggle to try and incorporate my coping mechanisms.

When it comes to my kids I try to listen, not rush, and give them a moment to find their way when they suffer anxiety. I have found ways that help them to cope with their emotions by allowing them to turn to physical activities to reduce anxiety. I recently found a great flow chart that we printed out and have used to remind ourselves how to stop and be more aware of what we are feeling and find ways to deal with it. If you have kids that you think would benefit from being more mindful of themselves and the world around them try some of these ideas at home, and if like me you cannot always remember them when you need them print the flow chart out and keep it out where you can find it in the moment.

Fostering a Love For Reading: Imagination Part One

With all of our modern devices it can be difficult to get your children interested in reading. Many young kids think that reading only involves a text message, the prompt on video games, and perhaps a comic book. So it can be difficult to get them interested in reading a real book, especially when so many books are bring made into movies. Why read Harry Potter when you can just go see the movie in 3D? But reading is an important part of existing in the real world. You need to read to understand anything in school, and by making reading fun your kids are more interested and willing to learn. Reading is truly a fun and enjoyable experience when approached with a fun attitude. Children are always looking to be entertained. Whether they are playing a game or watching a movie or show they are looking for some excitement, so why not find them something that will keep them entertained. Books for kids can be the most exciting things for a family to read together. Adventure books can keep a kid entertained for hours. Kids will love reading about events that happen in far away places, they will love following along with the great adventures of a character like the Pevensies in The Chronicles of Narnia. Let them experience the imaginary world of Narnia through the eyes of the kings and queens. Read the story together as a family, you can see the ways in which the four siblings learn about courage, family, and responsibilities. You will love the lessons the book teaches them, and they will love the sword fights, the talking lion, and the fact that four young children are rulers of their own country. Continue reading