With all the uncertainty in the world, our children require as much structure and predictability as possible. They also need positivity and peace. I’ve made the difficult decision to keep my son’s home for at least the first part of the school year and I understand that this can be stressful for them – they won’t be seeing their friends, they won’t be familiar with the new learning environment and format, etc.
In my ongoing training in mindfulness (for adults and children), I thought that I would implement some of these strategies with my boys to start their day on the right foot. This activity should not take more than 10 minutes, the first day being the most difficult as they will be learning different techniques and may need some more support and instruction.
Continue reading “Start your child’s school day mindfully: An interactive and easy activity to set up at home”
Volume 1, Issue 1 of Embracing the Powerful Mind is now ready! This is a quarterly newsletter developed by myself and my colleague. In this issue, you will find information about me and my colleague. There is also information about Child Anxiety and Talking to Teenagers.
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The school year has finally begun and you are dying to know how your child’s day went. How was their teacher? Were their peers nice to them? Did they find the work hard? So you ask your child and, after a long pause where you think he or she is thinking about a response, you get, “I don’t know” or “Nothing”. You are left starving for more but you don’t know what else to ask. And now you are just frustrated.
Getting your children to talk about their day can be challenging, especially if you want to know if he or she is experiencing stress oranxiety. On one hand, you don’t want your child focusing only on the negative parts of the day. We don’t want to begin the pattern of mental filtering early, after all. (Note: Mental filtering refers to the tendency to filter out the positive things and focus on the negative things, even when the positive things outweigh the negative). It is essential to encourage balanced thinking by prompting our children to think not only about the negative parts of their day, but the highlights of their day as well. We also don’t want to ask them close-ended questions that require them only to answer with one word (ex. “How was your day?” Good. “Did you learn anything fun?” No.). Continue reading “When you need more than “I don’t know”: The High/Low Game”