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Week Twenty-Eight: "An Open Letter to Our Kids on Their First Day Of School"

Week Twenty-Eight:  "An Open Letter to Our Kids on Their First Day Of School" | Mindful Parents | Scoop.it
How do you translate a heavy-duty family mission statement so it makes sense to a couple of kids who are just starting to lose their front teeth?  Here’s our attempt.  (family mission statement at ...
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11 Things I Wish Every Parent Knew

11 Things I Wish Every Parent Knew | Mindful Parents | Scoop.it
After 25 years practicing pediatrics, and caring for thousands of children, I've noticed some patterns that offer me a deeper vision of health. Here are some of those invaluable lessons: 1.
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HIGH SCHOOLERS NEED NATURE, TOO!Why It’s Hard to Connect : The New Nature Movement

HIGH SCHOOLERS NEED NATURE, TOO!Why It’s Hard to Connect : The New Nature Movement | Mindful Parents | Scoop.it
Field Notes from the Future: Tracking the Movement to Connect People and Nature
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Beautifully written article, from a highschooler, about why high school students need nature too. 

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Letting Go of Expectations: A Lesson in Mindful Parenting

Letting Go of Expectations:  A Lesson in Mindful Parenting | Mindful Parents | Scoop.it
Can mindfulness help you be a better parent?
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Top scientists say children should have a muddy good time

Top scientists say children should have a muddy good time | Mindful Parents | Scoop.it
Canada’s most famous Arctic fossil hunter got her start collecting dead animals at her parents’ cottage an hour from Ottawa.
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Nature Schools Gaining Popularity In N.H.

Nature Schools Gaining Popularity In N.H. | Mindful Parents | Scoop.it
Nature preschools and forest kindergartens may sound more fun than foundational. But this nontraditional approach to early learning is gaining popularity
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I hope this continues to spread!

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Randi Zuckerberg: How I Unplug for My Family

Randi Zuckerberg: How I Unplug for My Family | Mindful Parents | Scoop.it
Randi Zuckerberg talks about raising a child in an increasingly digital world.

 

"Kids model their behavior after their parents. It’s easy to tell our children to turn off their phones by 7 p.m., but if we really want them to listen, we need to heed the same advice. How many times have you answered work emails at the dinner table? We are raising our children to think it’s perfectly acceptable to have our smartphones at arm’s (and eye’s) reach at all times. "


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craig daniels's curator insight, April 13, 2013 3:02 PM

Even the families of social networking giants know the importance of unplugging.

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And Now a Few Words About the Children & Nature Network - Richard Louv

And Now a Few Words About the Children & Nature Network - Richard Louv | Mindful Parents | Scoop.it
Official website for Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, and co-founder of the Children & Nature Network
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Before Today Ends

Before Today Ends | Mindful Parents | Scoop.it
Today I hear … Whining about her sister having a bigger scoop. Slamming doors. The relentless buzz of the dryer--a load needs folded ... again. But I also hear … “This dinner ‘tasteses’ good, Mama....
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Beautiful perspective on a perfectly imperfect life.

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Tell Congress: Give K-12 public school students an environmental education

Tell Congress: Give K-12 public school students an environmental education | Mindful Parents | Scoop.it
Tell Congress to support the No Child Left Inside Act of 2013 to prepare today's students to tackle tomorrow's environmental challenges and compete in the green economy.
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Support the "No Child Left Inside" Act! :) 

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The Secret to Enjoying Parenthood - Mommy Shorts

The Secret to Enjoying Parenthood - Mommy Shorts | Mindful Parents | Scoop.it
I hear some version of the following sentence at least once a week: It goes so fast. You should appreciate every moment because before you know it, your kids will be grown and you'll wish they were this size again!
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Mindful Parenting

Sarah van Gelder talks with Jon and Myla Kabat-Zinn about how the Buddhist concept of mindfulness can help us to see the wholeness and beauty of our children in each moment.
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Play Perch treehouse classroom helps kids connect with nature | GizMag.com

Play Perch treehouse classroom helps kids connect with nature | GizMag.com | Mindful Parents | Scoop.it

Play Perch is a treehouse-cum-classroom designed by Syracuse University School of Architecture students and installed in the grounds of Jowonio School, Syracuse, New York. It was built in order to provide Jowonio's pupils – almost one third of whom have special needs – a safe and tranquil environment to interact with nature.

 

The grounds of Jowonio preschool contain a nature trail which the school's staff feel is therapeutic for children with ADD and related conditions. It was decided that a classroom located in the vicinity of the nature trail could offer a beneficial environment for the young pupils. Therefore, Syracuse University School of Architectures' AIAS Freedom By Design group was tasked to help bring this about.

 

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Nature is fantastic preventative medicine!

 

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The Mindful Way's curator insight, June 21, 2013 7:40 PM

A dose of nature is good for the soul! 

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What a great idea for an #outdoor learning space. 

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Get Your Kids Inspired To Unplug For One Full Week

Get Your Kids Inspired To Unplug For One Full Week | Mindful Parents | Scoop.it
"I spent my entire childhood unplugged," children's book author Dan Yaccarino says in this video from Random House Children's Books.

 

"The event is sponsored by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, an organization dedicated to exploring kids relationship with technology and helping parents make sure that it isn't the biggest part of their childhood."


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Getting your children to go a whole week unplugged is not nearly as scary as it may sound. You can trust that there are plenty of things to do to keep their fertile minds occupied.


So check out the rest of this story and jump on board and also check out iUnplug.com for to stay up on the unplugging news and events.

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Video: Why Mindful Parenting Works

Video: Why Mindful Parenting Works | Mindful Parents | Scoop.it

One technique to put a little breathing room into your interaction with kids 

Ever wonder how mindfulness might reduce stress in your household (or classroom)? This brief video is an overview of one technique I use to bring more mindful awareness to everyday parenting situations.


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Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting: Myla Kabat-zinn, Jon Kabat-Zinn: 9780786883141: Amazon.com: Books

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Dr. Brene Brown: Why Shame Is So Prevalent in Classrooms - Video - @OWNTV #supersoulsunday

Dr. Brene Brown: Why Shame Is So Prevalent in Classrooms - Video - @OWNTV #supersoulsunday | Mindful Parents | Scoop.it
Shame and vulnerability researcher Dr. Brene Brown says shame is the number one classroom management tool in schools of every kind in this country. Find out what Dr. Brown wants all parents to know about shame, humiliation and name-calling.
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