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”
Conceived by a U.S. Senator back in 1970, Earth Day (celebrated annually on April 22nd) has become a global movement bringing over a billion people from around the world together to work towards the common goal of protecting our planet for future generations. Continue reading “Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Earth Day Every Day”
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”
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”
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...