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August 10 2019

Kindful Kids Weekly

Quote of the Week

"When our mind is neither in the past or the future and we are completely present, our experience changes in a significant way. Suddenly life seems more spacious, and more peaceful." -- Jan Marie Dorr

How To Love Being With Your Kids

"Learning how to manage our minds and moods helps us respond in a way that calms, rather than escalates, any situation with our child.

True, our kid may still behave badly. But now we have a choice about how to react. Your Child's Action + Your Reaction = the Outcome, which is the kind of child you're raising.

The good news is that we can all learn ways to tame our inner critics and make our minds easier to live with.

The even better news is that there are ways to give our minds mini-vacations. Even a small amount of time with a quiet mind replenishes us, like water when we suddenly realize we’re parched. Our intuitive natures take over, allowing us to make wiser, more compassionate decisions. Scientists say that even a small daily break from our conscious minds can create physiological changes, enhancing our functioning and happiness all day long." [read more]

Reading Corner

Title: Becoming a Present Parent: Connecting with your Children in 5 minutes or Less
By: Mary Ann Johnson
Age: Adults

"Small and simple things, done consistently over time, bring the greatest rewards. In as little as 5 minutes, you can become a present parent! Connect with your children in the big and small moments you share with them every day, and help them reach their potential—all without adding to your to-do list. Mary Ann Johnson, the present parenting guru, shares the simplest methods you can do to build lasting relationships with your children. • Use technology wisely—not as a crutch • Create traditions that all will enjoy • Learn to be consistent, not perfect • Establish goals and healthy habits for your family • Change the little moments into big opportunities Give your children more time, more engagement, more you! Find purpose, intent, and happiness in parenting, and build a strong bond with each of your children." --Publisher

Recommended by Kindful Kids Editors

Be The Change

You can try some activities mentioned in this article and enjoy quality time with your children:

"Take Pajama Walks
The hour before bedtime can be chaotic with young children. One of my favorite techniques to help them calm down—weather permitting—is an evening pajama walk. Not only will it give your kids gentle, mellow time to decompress, but it will also give you special moments with them that otherwise might have been lost to TV.

Fix It Together
Never repair a leaky faucet, change a tire, paint the fence, or replace the furnace filter without your kids. Home improvements are a great way to spend time with them while teaching them about tools and life at the same time."


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