8 Effective anti anxiety apps for kids who worry too much – Single Mum, Parents Article

Anxiety in kids is a very real thing and is becoming more common.Anxiety will reveal itself as a simple worry or a fear, but if they are unable shake it off you may see signs of anxiety develop. These include headaches, bad moods, stomach cramps and trouble sleeping. Learning to spot the signs of anxiety is really important.If your child seems anxious, try to communicate with them to find out the root cause of the problem. However, sometimes they are…

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Help Kids Reduce Anxiety: Free Printable – Parents Article

Help Kids Reduce Anxiety: Free Printable Anxious times call for calming techniques and there is no better way to help kids learn how to calm down than by teaching them breathing strategies that calm the nervous system. The current pandemic has created stressors unlike any other time, providing ample opportunities to enhance our children’s coping capacity, as well as our own. Our free printables are great for kids, and you might be surprised at what a difference these techniques make…

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What Being Drugged and Robbed Taught Me About Rape Culture – Single Dad, Parents Article

(Image/newbeezer.com) I’d only been conscious for a half-hour or so, and I was fighting tears because as a general rule, I don’t cry in front of my friends unless things are very, very bad. This was close. Maybe just one ‘very.’ But one of my first and most potent thoughts was the realization that this is what women have to be mentally and emotionally vigilant against ALL THE TIME, and I’d been privileged to live more than 40 years without…

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Drifting Apart: How Bad Things Happen Even When it Feels Like Nothing Happened – Single Dad, Parents Article

Did you almost cry but pretend like you weren’t because crying over a volleyball feels REALLY stupid when you watched our boy Tom lose his only friend in the movie “Cast Away”? Whatever. That’s what I did. (Image/newsmov.biz) I almost wrote something outrageous about how Galileo Galilei’s and Isaac Newton’s first law of motion was effing up relationships. The first law of motion—also called the “law of inertia”—states that a body or object at rest remains at rest, and that…

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Mindfulness for Foster Parents – embrella Blog – Foster Parents Article

Sometimes our day to day activities can feel like too much. From packing lunches to dropping the kids off at school to arriving at work on time, it often seems as though there isn’t a moment to breathe. But it’s when we have the least amount of time to pause that this pause matters the most.  Mindfulness practices allow us to cultivate space before we react to a stressor like our misplaced keys, a caseworker’s disagreeable statement, or our child…

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How Mindfulness Helped My Daughter Finish a Big Hike – Parents Article

Picking wild blueberries on the hike before the whining started. “I’m tired. My feet hurt. I don’t want to walk anymore and it’s really hot. I need to stop and rest. Can you carry me? Why can’t you carry me?” In her defense, my 8 year old made it all the way up and most of the way down a fairly steep hike before the whining began. My husband reminded her of what a good hiker she is, and that…

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Smile, Breathe, & Go Slowly: My Mantra for Difficult Moments – Parents Article

This weekend was a shitshow, y’all. Saturday morning found me dropping off one kid (not my own) who had spent the night at our house and then picking up my daughter, who had spent the night at another friends’ house. We had a busy day planned; it was our last chance to find dresses, shoes, and anything else the girls would need for my cousin’s fancy wedding next weekend. My daughters are seven and nine, and delicate little flowers to…

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How I Taught My Kids to Meditate – Parents Article

In my last post, I wrote about why I started teaching my kids to meditate. In this post, I’ll share how I taught them, and what I did when they lost interest. Having said that, my girls (ages 7 & 9) wanted to meditate with me, so I decided to give it a shot. I meditate sitting on a cushion on the floor, and the girls each have a cushion as well. They brought their cushions in, and I taught…

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Why I’m Teaching My Girls to Meditate – Parents Article

Teaching my girls to meditate wasn’t one of my resolutions for the new year. I’ve got a ton of tricks up my sleeve for practicing mindfulness with them; so many, in fact, that I wrote a book about it. But formal seated meditation can be hard for little ones, especially kiddos who are super twitchy after being stuck inside for a week because the temperature outside is approximately one bajillion degrees below zero. But I’m still meditating, and I’m always…

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