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Practicing Mindfulness with Your Child

Hello Parents & Guardians !

Often times, it's the people with whom we spend the most time, that help us form our healthy habits - for our kids, that's us! If we want them to develop self-regulation skills, the ability to manage stress & anxiety, and a positive outlook, sometimes the best way to help them do that is to show them we are working on that too.

From the very beginning, Shanna & her husband Dan realized the importance of not only helping their kids manage their gardens, but managing their own as well. Parents have weeds too!

Today we are going to look at a few simple #MindfulnessTechniques that set the right example, help YOU pull some of your own weeds, and allow you to spend quality time with your kids!

1. Close listening

Play a song that both you and your child have never heard before - any genre! Allow yourself to really settle into the music, let go of any judgement you may have of the song, try to isolate the vocals and various instruments, and just listen.

2. Mindfulness through observation

Pick something to observe - inspect every inch of the object, its form, color, texture. By taking a minute to observe the minutia, we bring ourselves back to the present moment and take the time to notice & appreciate our surroundings. Share what you observed with your child and vice versa.