Back to School Mindfulness

My son started at his new school today. It wasn’t class. Just a short meeting with his academic advisor and a chance to set up his new locker, but his nervous energy was out of control. While we sat waiting for our turn to meet with his teacher, his legs bounced up and down as he told me over and over again how nervous he was – excited, but …

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Five Senses Mindfulness

Five Senses Mindfulness is a great practice to help quiet a distracted mind and restore your sense of calmness and equanimity. It’s also really simple.

Start with three mindful breaths, breathing in deeply and bringing your attention full and completely to the sensation of the breath.

Then work your way through each of your five senses, trying to get past the immediate surface information and deeper into your experience:

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Relief from Bedtime Battles in a Peace Jar

Last night my daughter had a bedtime meltdown. She wanted another story, she wanted to sleep in my bed, she wanted me to sleep in hers. Truthfully, she was just over-tired, and once her emotions were in charge there was no stopping the situation from going downhill fast. Until I remembered her peace jar.

A peace jar is a homemade snow-globe. It’s also my secret weapon in the bedtime …

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2-Step Mindful Breathing Practice

Mindful breathing is my go-to mindfulness practice. I love that it is so perfectly portable. Wherever you go, whatever you’re doing, I’m pretty sure you’re breathing. So why not make breathing a practice to connect to the present moment and help you calm down, relax and focus on whatever’s going on for you.

Here’s the basic instruction in 2 simple steps:

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12 Ways to Control Difficult Emotions

If you have a tween at home then you know just how easily and quickly their emotions can spin them out of control, taking you along for the ride. I swear I saw my son’s head spin a full 360° tonight. Where’s an exorcist when you need one?!

But never fear, help has arrived. Here’s a list of twelve tools that can help kids manage through their strong feelings, …

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Teaching Your Kids How to Surf Their Way Through Stress

Part of being a mindful parent is recognizing that our children are deeply affected by our moods. When we are stressed out and harried, whether consciously or subconsciously, our kids know it. So I was especially bummed out when I found a chart this week that quantifies lifestyle stress levels. I scored really high. A commute more than 1 hour each day – check. Full-time job – check. More …

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