Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Try a Summer Mindfulness Practice

When I think of mindfulness, I think how wonderful it sounds and of all the amazing benefits it can have on brain function, happiness, productivity, and the ability to be patient with my children. I say to myself, “I really want to start practicing mindfulness and I wan’t my kids to learn too!” Continue reading “Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Try a Summer Mindfulness Practice”

Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Ahhh Summer

Summer is coming and I think we all want to get our kids outside as much as possible and let them breathe, explore and wonder. I know many kids participate in summer sports or attend summer camps but there are always times when you need an activity and don’t have the time or bandwidth to do the research. That is where this list will come in handy. Continue reading “Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Ahhh Summer”

Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Mindfully Welcoming Spring

Yes, we’re still experiencing quite a bit of rain (or snow in some places), but temperatures are rising, bright blue sky is peeking through and new life is springing up all around us. Spring encourages us to slow down, breathe deeply,  listen to the sounds of life, savor the sunshine on our skin, and notice the new blooms and sprouts of the season. Continue reading “Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Mindfully Welcoming Spring”

Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Re-Thinking Resolutions

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”

Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Finding Calm in the Holiday Chaos

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”

Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Gratitude & Thanksgiving

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”

Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Halloween

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”

Mindful Parenting Round-up: Celebrating Peace

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”