As a white American, talking about Black history in our country can feel complicated. I want my kids to know about and celebrate Black history, but knowing how to tell the whole story, including slavery, emancipation, civil rights and racism, is overwhelming.
Does your family make New Year’s resolutions? Historically ours has not because 1) there’s a lot of pressure to keep a New Year’s resolution once committed; 2) these resolutions require personal introspection I generally prefer to avoid; and 3) my kids do not need me nagging them about one more thing they are supposed to be doing or not doing. Continue reading “Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Re-Thinking Resolutions”
For the entire month of December, I feel my anxiety steadily increasing. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make sure my kids feel genuine gratitude for all of the things they have (a house, a bed, food and water, clothes) and don’t spend all their time thinking about what gifts they should get. I don’t expect my young children to think beyond themselves without a little help so this year we made kits for the homeless and created keepsake boxes for their babysitters. Continue reading “Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Finding Calm in the Holiday Chaos”
It is mid-November, therefore we must begin preparing for 1) a sumptuous feast to end all feasts and 2) extended time spent with family, friends and neighbors and 3) all the high and low feelings that come with embracing the season. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming, though. What if we carved out a portion of that preparation energy and diverted a bit to fully embrace (in ourselves) and encourage (in our littles) feelings of gratitude both leading up to and on Thanksgiving Day? Continue reading “Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Gratitude & Thanksgiving”
The days are cooler, the leaves are falling – autumn is officially here! It’s October and that means Halloween in all its frightening finery will soon be upon us. Get ready for costumes, candy, parties, pumpkins and trick-or-treating. Age appropriate activities, mindful candy consumption, affordable and easy costumes and safety are the focus of this month’s Round-Up. Continue reading “Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Halloween”
Today is the International Day of Peace which is a day observed around the world dedicated to “strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples” according to the UN website. This round-up is devoted to the idea of Peace and how to help our littles practice peace and promote it in ourselves, our homes, our communities and our world. Continue reading “Mindful Parenting Round-up: Celebrating Peace”
Racial bias, bullying and intolerance, mistrust, hatred, discrimination- all of these issues stem from fear of the unknown. One thing we can do as parents is encourage our children to learn about others who are different from them and learn to respect, and not fear those differences. Here are some ideas we have rounded up to help parents teach tolerance and inclusion at home. Continue reading “Mindful Parenting Round-up: Teaching Tolerance & Inclusion”
We are trying something new on the Mindful Littles blog! A roundup of resources from around the web with tips and guidance to help us all become the mindful parents that we aspire to be. Topics range from raising kind and compassionate kids, to practicing gratitude and humility, to every day mindfulness practices. So be on the lookout for these posts and hopefully they become an encouragement and challenge to us all! Continue reading “Mindful Parenting Round-up: Back to School”
This week's roundup includes some awesome articles on how to raise empathetic children to how we can better combat school stress to a few pointers on integrating daily mindfulness and gratitude in...
There is so much being written about mindfulness and empathy on a daily basis from incredible experts and resources around the world. Each week I'll start rounding up a few articles that I...