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Mindfulness For Children – Loving-Kindness – Sending Kind Thoughts

Loving-kindness meditation is the practice of sending well-wishes towards yourself and other people. It’s effortless. You simply sit with your eyes closed, and imagine sending love and kind thoughts. Loving-kindness meditation offers a beautiful way to connect with your child, has a calming ...
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Mindfulness For Children — 3 Ways To Be Mindful Of Our Emotions

As a child therapist, I am frequently asked by children how to make their big emotions go away, and I try my best to explain the difficult-to-understand fact that we all have big emotions—excitement, anger, sadness, and happiness—to name a ...
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3 Kid-Friendly Techniques for Identifying Feelings

Are you looking for ways to communicate with your child about feelings? Are you tired of getting the same, “I’m fine” or “I’m good” response day after day? One of my favorite parts of being a child therapist is helping ...
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Mindfulness Activities For Children – Daily Gratitude

With gratitude, you acknowledge the goodness in your life. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Hundreds of studies have documented the social, physical, and psychological benefits of gratitude. Emma Seppala, Associate Director at the ...
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Mindfulness For Children – Take Five Exercise

The “Take Five” exercise is super simple to remember and can be used on-the-spot when we’re overwhelmed, need some space to think, and when we want to calm down to make better choices. You can use it pretty much anywhere, at any ...
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Mindfulness Meditation for Children – The Raisin Meditation

I love this one! It’s such a fun and yummy way to introduce mindfulness meditation to kids. They will most likely love it, so go ahead and try this fun meditation for children. It’s called “The Raisin Meditation,” but you can use any ...
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Mindfulness Activities For Children – Sound Signal

The Sound Signal activity helps children to sharpen their focus and calm down. It’s fun to do as well.  Mindful listening can be very helpful at school and when friends and family need our full attention. This mindfulness activity involves listening to ...
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Mindfulness For Children – Weather Station For Emotion Regulation

This might seem too simple, but it is actually an important first step in teaching your child mindfulness. Of course your child recognizes their emotions when they are at extremes. But, how are they are recognizing the feelings that lead ...
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Mindfulness For Children – RAIN For Emotional Regulation

RAIN is a 4-step mindfulness exercise that gives ‘on-the-spot’ aid for working with intense emotions. With RAIN we learn to notice our emotions with kindness and accept them as what they are. When we understand how emotions work, and that we are ...
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Mindfulness and the Brain—How to Explain It to Children

Explaining how mindfulness and the brain works can seem a daunting task, yet it can be one of the best ways to show how mindfulness works for us and how it helps our brain to function properly. If you are in ...