The New York Times has recently released a series of Well Guides describing how children of all ages can benefit from mindfulness - the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment. In this installment we look at impacts on infants. In our next installment, we'll continue on with how mindfulness training can impact Toddlers, Young Children, Older Children and Teens...
We are so excited about ClassDojo and their amazing video series - short, engaging vignettes for young children on amazing topics like empathy, kindness, perseverance and mindfulness! Kids will love the characters and learn all about these important topics in a fun and entertaining way... check it out!
Kidevolve has just released our first ever 'Creative Mind Journeys' into beta testing (new mindfulness audio tracks developed specially for kids aged 5-10), and our Family Testing panel (located all over the world, from Canada and the US through to Singapore) is well underway giving us feedback straight from the mouths of real kids, parents, educators and researchers. The science is out, whether it's boosting social skills, improving performance at school, encouraging independent thinking or augmenting overall creativity, teaching children mindfulness techniques has big benefits... Delve into this article by child development expert Sean Grover, to learn more about recent studies and confirm why it's important to take time to teach and expose kids to these key life skills...
Mindful eating for kids?! You bet. This article from @Mindfulschools shares a mindful eating tool that Kidevolve uses in our own physical programs. It's simple, fun and extremely effective in encouraging kids to experience real foods using their senses. The mindful steps urge kids to slow down, appreciate how rich and interesting even the most simple foods can be, and reminds kids to check in with how food makes them feel. Imagine if people (of all ages) engaged in a little more mindful eating? We might just have better eating habits?
We launched one of our parent-hosted programs in the Danforth area this week. The reviews? 2 little kid thumbs up. This incredible group of Kidevolve kids sang their hearts out, moved to their own rhythm, and soaked up the tools we shared like little sponges.
How does one manage huge life transitions, and difficult experiences with kids? None of us have received a 'how to' manual. So what do we do? Of the potential painful periods, divorce is definitely high on the list for both the adults and kids involved. This article brilliantly outlines how parents can sit with their experience, not judge themselves and find ways to navigate through a divorce mindfully.
We at Kidevolve are huge fans of the MindUP curriculum, developed by the Hawn Foundation (founded by the actress Goldie Hawn). Here is thoughtful account of a school integrating mindfulness into their programming, approach to education and hearts. After implementing the MindUP program at Marysville, the principal , teachers and students saw the difference. Lana Penley, school principal said, "We've seen this huge shift in the overall tone and civility of the school culture,"
Stress in kids? There's a lot going around. And it's not just the day-to-day living stress. Researchers are also noting rising levels of kids' overall anxiety, depression and more cases of diagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We found this excellent article written by Jenny Anderson via Quartz. She explains some suggested reasons behind this shift. Why are many of our kids not developing key life coping skills?
Check our LEAH MCLAREN's new Globe and Mail piece...
Have any of your heard the term 'mindful parenting'?. There is a new form of engaged or “conscious” parenting emerging. It may appear to older generations (or a behaviourist like Leonard Sax) to be overly permissive or lacking in boundaries, even if, in fact, it’s anything but. “Our generation of parents needs to have an honest conversation with our own parents, and say, "My parenting looks a lot different than your parenting, but I need you to trust me not be to a doormat, okay?"