Mindful Littles is continuously striving to make mindfulness and heartfulness fun and creative for children. To help energize our team with more creativity, a couple of us from Mindful Littles went to a YogaKids training last weekend. YogaKids is focused on empowering children to love and learn through yoga. The training provided wonderful perspective of all the different ways people are striving for more consciousness and love in our world. Our training included folks like the Canadian founder of Growing Roots Therapy to the owner of a yoga studio in Lake Tahoe to teachers who are starting their own health and wellness academy in Fairfield and many more. Read more
One of my favorite pre-parenting stories is from a birthing course that my husband and I took before the birth of our first daughter. Like many first-time parents, we had signed up to be “better prepared” for what was to come. During this particular course we took, there was an exercise to simulate how to focus during labor. Each of us had to hold an ice cube in our hand for a certain amount of time without dropping it. If the feeling got intense, we were to breathe through the sensations and see how we fared. Somehow I had tuned out during the instructions about the purpose of the exercise. Almost immediately after the ice cube was placed in my hand, I reacted by dropping the ice cube on the ground and said “Ow! That hurts!” Clearly, I was not a fan of holding the ice cube. My husband looked astonished. If that was foreshadowing how labor was going to go, we were in trouble. Luckily though we survived labor, and to this day, my husband and I still joke about the Ice Cube Episode as one of the most memorable starts to parenting. Read more
One of the reasons I love working on Mindful Littles is because of the wonderful organic opportunities to meet and interact with some amazing people- from nonprofit partners who are passionately working on important causes to parents and educators who are driving change in our local communities to folks who are special souls like Eartha Newsong. Read more
This mindfulness activity is an idea from a local parent, and I tried it recently with the girls and they loved it. The activity is very simple and quick. You sit outside with your kiddos, get very quiet and try to hunt down or notice all the different sounds you can hear. Read more
Last Sunday Justin Cole from Joy in Motion chose “Old Times Rock n Roll” as the song choice for our Mindful Littles Groovin’ for Good dance, and the lyrics couldn’t have be more appropriate. The event definitely was one that “soothed the soul,” and there were tears, laughter and a lot of hugs from littles, bigs and seniors alike. Read more
The inspiration behind our Weekly Kindness Project is from the touching story of a woman, Robyn Bomar, who spent her 38th birthday doing 38 random acts of kindness. She spent her entire day doing these acts of kindness and is now inspiring people all over the world to make birthdays more about making the world a better place.
My older daughter turns six-years old this weekend, so we decided to follow Robyn’s lead, and start a new birthday tradition in our family. From now on for every birthday in our family, our hope is to do random acts of kindness in honor of the family member who is celebrating the big day. Since my daughter is turning six, we are starting off with six random acts of kindness. Instead of doing all of them on the actual birthday, like Robyn had, we decided instead to do the small acts the week leading up to the birthday. Read more
My older daughter organically started a pen pal relationship with her great-grandmother in Florida. On a whim one day she said she wanted to send a letter to Grandma Lainie and wrote up a sweet and simple note to her grandma. She addressed the envelope herself, put on the stamp and took it to our mailbox. Our very first Weekly Kindness Project last fall was a heartfelt letter to her great-grandma, but it hadn’t quite evolved to a pen pal relationship. This time around the letter was much simpler- no arts and crafts involved. And when my almost 6-year old wrote the letter, she received a letter back. My daughter was very excited to receive the return note. After reading her great-grandmother’s response, my daughter immediately wanted to write something back. And just like that a pen pal relationship was formed. Read more