Category Archives: parenting

Meditation idea for toddlers

 

A simple meditation idea to teach 5-year old kids (inspired by my Goddaughter – Libby!)

 

How to teach kids of all ages how to meditate

If you would like to learn how to create your very own meditations for kids/teens try our Connected Kids level 1 course – online or in-class) (This is the gateway to our professional level)

Or find ideas and tips in our book Calm Kids (beginners) or Connected Kids (working with special needs/anxiety).

Meditation CDs for children/teens >>>

Mindful Parenting Tips

How mindfulness helps you ‘see’ your kids and teens

I was inspired to write this after reading a blog from NY psychotherapist, Katherine Schafler, about the 4 unconscious questions a person asks themselves.  The one that connected with me the most was about ‘being seen’.

As a child I grew up in a culture where ‘children should be seen and not heard’.  This attitude may have been exclusive to the Victorian/Scottish parenting style at the time, but as an adult, it has left me with lots of thoughts and feelings to work through and process – sometimes with the help of a therapist or my meditation practice.

I am also a foster carer and one of the key things I’ve learned is that ‘being seen’ is essential in order to have a connection with the children we care for. 

I believe that my mindfulness skills, my personal meditation practice and my ability to introduce a ‘teaching meditation’ to the kids we care for in a way that meets their needs and abilities (and interests) has helped us start to build a an emotional and mental bridge between the world and kids in our care so that they can connect to the world around them in a more kind, loving and caring way.

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Helping kids be mindful during the holidays

 

Mindfulness and the holidays

The summer holidays can be a long time to spend with your kids.

You love them but your whole routine can change and even though holidays are meant to be enjoyable, they can be a little bit stressful too!

So here are some tips and ideas to help you keep up your meditation practice and help your kids practise mindfulness during the summer break.

(Photo courtesy of Jennifer Furtney Miller – “Here is my 5 year old son meditating in the pool. Trying to compose himself during a conflict with his 7 year old sister. We love this photo. He often joins us at 6am to meditate too. Namaste.”) Continue reading

How to top up your ‘compassion’ tank

 

Is your compassion tank feeling a bit depleted?

If you really want to teach kids (yours or others) how to practise meditation but your self-compassion tank is a bit empty, then it’s time to refuel!

Enjoy our blog on 4 simple self-compassion tips on how to do this!

 

Training Courses in Teaching Meditation >>>

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Connected Kids (autism and special needs) >>>

Dr Dan Siegel – ‘the whole-brain child’

Interview with Author, Parenting Expert and Neuroscientist – Dr Dan Siegel

Dr Dan Siegel kindly gave Connected Kids an online dr dan siegel whole brain childinterview in where we discussed  some aspects of his book ‘the Whole-Brain Child’.

Dr Siegel is a graduate of Harvard Medical School.  He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine.  He has a range of books dedicated to helping parents and non-parents to support children through their developing years.

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Helping kids manage behaviour with meditation and yoga

Yoga and Mindful Activities for Anger in Kids

We are delighted to share some words of wisdom written by one of our Connected Kids Tutors, Yvonne Payne.

Yvonne has been working with children using mindful activities and yoga to help them boy_angry_meditation_behaviour_class_mindfulnessfocus and manage strong emotions such as anger.

Yvonne had been telling us about 2 different sessions that were creative and inspirational so we asked her to share this direct experience with you.  We  hope you find it useful.

“I’ve been working with two boys – each on a 121 basis.  The journey so far has helped me change my approach to yoga and meditation – helping me to teach in an intuitive way.

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‘The Whole-Brain Child’ – book review

Book Review – ‘the Whole-Brain Child – Dr Dan Siegel’

Enjoy my review of this fabulous book about child development; how to help them process difficult feelings and thoughts.  Learn why I think it offers some practical tips on how to cope with difficult behaviours. Continue reading

6 steps to creating a meditation script for kids or teens

Excerpt from Calm Kids

This is an excerpt from my book Calm Kids where I teach you the 6 important steps to creating your very own meditations.

It is a key part of the level 1 course that I teach online/in class.

It can be used to help develop guided meditations or mindful practices.

 

Online connected kids >>>

Calm Kids >>>

Connected Kids (autism and special needs) >>>

Child Genius – academically bright but emotionally inept?

Emotional vs Academic Intelligence

The other week we caught the end of the TV show ‘Child Genius’ – teach_children_meditation_boy_wearing_glasseswhere children with (usually) a high score on Mensa take part in a quiz to become the Child Genius for that year.
These kids demonstrate an amazing array of skills – from their ability to remember facts to computing arithmetic sums at lightening speed. It was impressive.

What was not so impressive was watching the stress these children experienced. The emotions they were feeling were bubbling under the surface (some cried) and yet the parents seemed to focus on scores and winning.  Continue reading

Meditation to help you see the best in your kids and teens

Negativity Bias and Mindfulness

I was giving a talk recently (I do a few of these online talks to help inform, educate and give you the confidence to start teaching kids/teens meditation) and I came across a term ‘negativity bias‘. 

It means that our brain and body constantly scan the environment for threats. boy_meditating_eyes_closed_mindfullyIf we detect a threat, we manage it as it activates our stress response (fight/flight/freeze) – which is designed to keep us alive.

What it means is that we are hardwired (neurologically speaking) to seek out the negative in our life experiences more easily than the positive ones.

As Rick Hanson, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist and author of “Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom” argues that our brains are like Velcro for negative experiences, and Teflon for positive ones.

I found this fascinating.

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