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It’s hard to keep up with all the parenting advice and educational jargon thrown at you these days. Deciphering between buzzwords du jour and actual concepts and tools we should be using can get tricky. As a teacher I often find myself stopping mid-sentence when speaking with my students’ families because I’ve fallen into teacher speak and I’ve suddenly remembered that the terms I throw around during a staff meeting aren’t necessarily the words I should be using when speaking to families. One of the terms used a lot these days is mindfulness. People may even be ignoring how important a practice mindfulness actually is because the term is thrown around so easily. I want you to know mindfulness isn’t a passing fad, it’s important and something we should all be practicing with children.
What is mindfulness?
Simply put mindfulness is taking note of how you feel in the present moment both physically and psychologically.
What’s the point of mindfulness?
When children can consciously stop and become aware of how they are feeling they can better react to those feelings, they have a better sense of control, and they can also process and retain information more effectively.
Why practice mindfulness?
Research has found mindfulness can help improve children’s self-regulation and reduce stress and aid children’s cognitive development as well. Better sleep and better attention are just two more of the benefits of practicing mindfulness I know every parent wants for their child. We all want the best for our children and mindfulness is one more tool we can help our children learn and use to succeed.
How can I help my child practice mindfulness?
Take ParentEducate.com ‘s Introduction To Mindfulness Course for FREE with your free one-week trial.
It will help you get more comfortable with the idea of mindfulness and better understand why it’s so important. Kids won’t buy into something that you aren’t comfortable with!
ParentEducate.com has a few courses dedicated to mindfulness, but this is definitely the one to start with (when you’re done, you’ll definitely want to check out the others!). The course is quick to take and easy to understand. I’m not sure any of us have time for long courses these days which is why this ParentEducate.com’s Introduction to Mindfulness with Children is perfect!
Despite being a quick course, this one definitely covers more than just basics. It takes you through all the pertinent information you need to know about mindfulness. From definitions to practices to how you can model mindfulness in your own home, and links everything to recent relevant research! I love that the research is linked, so I can go read the original source and dive even deeper if I have the time and inclination.
Once you finish this ParentEducate.com course, you’ll have everything you need to be intentional with mindfulness in your home or classroom. You don’t have to put off learning because you don’t have time!
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ParentEducate.com is where parents go to learn from a continually growing library of 100+ research-based courses. I am continually impressed with the quality of the sources and relevant topics ParentEducate.com uses. The courses are a perfect fit for parents because ParentEducate.com offers parents brief 20-30 minute courses that are available 24/7 on any device and can be started/stopped at any time. That may seem like a small thing but being able to start on my laptop and finish the course on my phone while waiting for my daughter’s lacrosse practice to end, makes the difference between completing or not completing the course and ultimately learning new tools to be a better parent.