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Teaching Mindfulness to Children

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Teaching Mindfulness to Children

I taught a mindfulness adult class to a group of primary school teachers last week. The class was for adults so it included three different types of meditation, some basic ‘you could try to use this in the moment’ tips and some chat. One of the questions I got afterwards surprised me but I realise now that it probably shouldn’t have. How do you teach this to children? By doing completely different things than what we have just done was my answer.Each Relax Kids class follows a seven step format; we start with movement and games which helps to release...

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Book of the Month: All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism

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Book of the Month: All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism

"Nobody gets me, Mama!"In All My Stripes, Zane the zebra feels different from the rest of his classmates. He worries that all they notice about him is his "autism stripe." With the help of his Mama, Zane comes to appreciate all his stripes — the unique strengths that make him who he is!Includes a Reading Guide with additional background information about autism spectrum disorders and a Note to Parents and Caregivers with tips for finding support.Foreword by Alison Singer, President, Autism Science Foundation. Review This book is an excellent resource for teachers, parents, and other caregivers as they teach children about...

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Practicing Mindfulness with the Family

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Practicing Mindfulness with the Family

We have touched on some of the benefits of practicing mindfulness for mothers in a past blog so I want to go a little bit deeper into what mindfulness can bring into your life, as a parent and as a member of a family unit. We have been spending huge amounts of time at home with our families this past year, mindfulness will help you to really make that time count. If you learn techniques and skills to help relax and destress as a family unit you can remind each other of these skills and tricks in stressful situations. If...

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Communicating with a Toddler Who Doesn’t Listen

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Communicating with a Toddler Who Doesn’t Listen

Communicating with a Toddler Who Doesn’t Listen Frustrated when your child disobeys on purpose? Learn how to communicate with a toddler who doesn’t listen and encourage cooperation instead. “Felix, we’re walking this way. Would you like to join us?” I ask my toddler. I see his eyes darting, looking at all the options. “No.” Simple and short and he runs the exact opposite way we are going… “Felix, we already went that way. Shall we try this way?” I plead, trying to use logic on an 18 month old. “No.” He looks pretty confident that we can both do what ever we want...

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4 Benefits of All-Natural Wooden Teething Rings

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4 Benefits of All-Natural Wooden Teething Rings

This blog post is not about ‘good toys vs bad toys.’ It is all about bringing to light the qualities of wooden toys for babies and children, highlighting the features and benefits of baby wooden toys, and focussing on the benefits that make them the preferred option for your little ones! 1. Safety It is vital that any toys coming into contact with our baby or child are safe, especially as babies love to explore by putting things in their mouths! A lot of plastic toys contain chemicals and harmful substances such as BPA’s and phthalates, whilst some may even...

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