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If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder... he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. -Rachel Carson
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inspiration: Attachment Parenting: Key to thriving Kids?

inspiration: Attachment Parenting: Key to thriving Kids? | Parenting and Presence | Scoop.it
Self esteem, social skills, emotional intelligence … even who a child eventually picks as a life partner, can all be traced back to attachment, he says. ...
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Motherhood is not a Competition. | elephant journal

Motherhood is not a Competition. | elephant journal | Parenting and Presence | Scoop.it
I'm a huge advocate for breastfeeding, and for natural and attachment parenting in general. I agree with most of ... There is a primal drive in us to nourish our children—physically and emotionally. But what works ...
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Approach - Hand in Hand Parenting

Approach - Hand in Hand Parenting | Parenting and Presence | Scoop.it

Hand in Hand Parenting works with parents of young children providing resources, training, and lots of support. For over 20 years, our Parenting by Connection approach has given parents practical tools to resolve universal family challenges. Unlike other parenting methods, which rely on systems of rewards and punishment, our philosophy is centered on children's strong, innate desire to love and be loved. Ourfresh and effective framework is consistent with the latest research and results in long-term family success.

Parenting by Connection foundations:

When children feel connected, they learn readily, love easily, and become caring leaders among their peers. A healthy parent-child connection enables a child to fully access his intelligence and ability.

When parents feel connected with their children and with other parents, they have greater success at solving problems at the heart of family and community life. Parenting becomes more fun, and more rewarding.

When children’s behavior goes “off track,” they are asking for closeness, connection and understanding. Parents can use the tools of Special Time, Playlistening, Setting Limits or Staylistening to rebuild the connection with their children. The child offloads stress, reconnects, and can then make thoughtful decisions and learn from his experience.

When emotional stress sends parents' behavior "off track," they need the support of a listener who appreciates how much they care and how hard they try. Parents need the safety to offload feelings that interfere with their ability to guide their children with love and sensible limits, kindly held.
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Lila-A Retreat for Mommy & Me

Lila-A Retreat for Mommy & Me | Parenting and Presence | Scoop.it

Lila Retreat was created by 4 mothers with expertise in Yoga (Steph & Tish), developmental music for children (Molly), family nutrition/meal planning (Tish), and mindful parenting/emotional intelligence (Karen). This joyful retreat is an opportunity for mothers to delight in, and feel supported in, mothering in a healthy, playful way.

What are Lila Retreats?

There will be time for mom (or dad) to rejuvenate and relax with other parents, time for parents to enjoy some meditative alone time, as well as time for parents and children to play, eat, and enjoy the outdoors together. We will have women-only yoga classes, multi-age kids yoga classes, and integrated playful yoga and music time. We will group families into “tribes” at the beginning of the workshop to support each other in having some free time to meditate, hike, enjoy the springs, or a massage. The retreat is organized in a cooperative structure that involves all participants, but allows for unique opportunities for solace, as well.

 
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Mindful Breathing a Great Tool for Achieving Your Mind and Body Connection - Waking Times : Waking Times

Breathing is not just a method of survival, and is one of the few things that many people have control over. To breath incorrectly is like consuming just enough vitamins and nutrients to stay alive.

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YogaFit Kids

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Stephanie Adams created the YogaFit Kids program when her now college-age daughter, Chloe, was in kindergarten. Her YF Kids Teacher Training program has trained both educators, parents, grandparents, and yoga instructors how to play yoga with kids of all ages. This yoga program develops the natural kinesthetic and emotional intelligence inherent within all of us.  This blog allows us to share the joys and hardships of teaching yoga to kids of all ages.

 

"Yoga off the mat when working with teens"

by Ricky Knue

 

I am asked every morning by colleagues of mine as I walk across the high school campus with mat and blanket to the gym how are you doing. I love this exchange. First thought, I am so grateful to have another day of breath. Next thought, I am so happy to be connected to the over six billion human beings on the planet, and then all the sentient beings. Next thought, what a difference a smile and a kind tone creates in a vast sea of teenagers. Next thought, since the greeting how are you doing makes such an impact on me, how much will it have on my students. Plenty it turns out. With just under 200 students in the classes and different disciplines I teach this semester, a sincere acknowledgment daily of each and every one of them may seem somewhat daunting, but to me is the most precious gift I receive. During the first week of school, students readily acknowledge me. During the second week, many of the students are already caught up in the angst of homework, the drama of peers and expectations, and it is the opportunity for me to seek them out as I cross their paths. Sometimes it is a grin we exchange, sometimes a wave from across campus to each other, sometimes it includes exchanging names (they forget mine as well), and always it is eye contact.


In this day and age of connectedness to objects, such as electronics, I notice students have developed coping skills such as being plugged in while crossing campus to lend support for their isolation tendencies. Sometimes I honor that, and many times I purposefully step into that. You see, for me, it’s all about relationship. Call it Love, or Consciousness, but relationship is what we are all here for; walking the planet, living our lives, being the human experience. Each time I apply this philosophy to each student I greet (whether they are enrolled in any of my classes or not), I am rewarded with an exchange that is both memorable and deeply important. The opportunity to have hearts connect on a personal level in a setting known for its impersonal is extraordinary. How many of us went through our high school experience feeling invisible. Even though at times we may have been quite well adjusted to the armor we donned each morning to get through the day, occasionally there were kinks in it we most likely relive even today. I start each of the four yoga classes I have the honor of teaching at this high school with quotes, comments, poems, readings, aha moments, or opportunities for focus in the practice. The students are quite aware this is my tendency. The mind thrives on sequence; the body thrives on ritual. The ritual I enjoy practicing with my students always includes practical ways to learn to deal with the teen experience, and to approach it with an open heart and sense of ease, starting with connecting to our breath before acting or reacting. These quotes and readings I will share along the way during our journey together in this blog over the school year.

 

Seldom is there a set pattern to these or a typical sequence of unfolding, nor does one quote apply to each of the classes. My intention is always to sense the energy in the room, and begin from there, as all of us do when we teach what we love so much, Yoga.

 

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Lila-A Retreat for Mommy & Me

Lila-A Retreat for Mommy & Me | Parenting and Presence | Scoop.it
Essentially, we are all good, and we are all good enough. Parenting is challenging and rewarding...covers the spectrum of pure heaven and, even, sometimes, total hell. We are all doing our best...but, what if, through practices like mindfulness, awareness, and presence,... we were to discover that time for parents equals real time for kids and happier and healthier families overall?


Through principles of Yoga and Emotional Intelligence research we will learn in Lila Retreat parenting and yoga sessions that "practice" allows for imperfection. We practice, we do our best in any given moment, and we continue to practice. In the practicing, we can accept that we are whole even in our states of imperfection...we are good enough, yet we are always open to discover more about ourselves and our children and their unique needs and natural development. Finally, support is essential to good parenting, and we will learn how to get the support we need, as parents.

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