Grateful Goat’s story teaches us that sometimes hard things happen. But then they end, and life can be good again – even if it might be different.
What we are looking forward to… More happy, focused kids. More happy parents and teachers. One FocusedKids Lesson book! Creating FocusedKids online classes. FocusedKids Community Chats. Growing our community partnerships. More evaluation outcomes. A HAPPIER, CALMER, WORLD!
Conversations with both parents and teachers these days seem consumed with what to do about kids and their devices. From a neurodevelopment perspective, the answer is simple. Put them away unless you absolutely need them! Observationally, when a preschooler arrives at the beginning of the day glued to his parent’s smartphone, after the parent leaves (with the phone) that child … Read More
Managing the “wiggles” during the holidays. Focused Friends have some ideas! Hi everyone! The holidays are upon us and with them comes the excitement and attendant stress. How can a family have fun without spinning out of control…or when that happens how does it recover? We’ve attached some ideas from FocusedKids along with other resources to give you ideas about how to … Read More
The school-year challenge is on: Helping kids manage their energy, their mood, and their attention! Post-school day activities are integral to a positive school experience. Things to provide for: Release the energy! Turn off cell phones and screens – yours included! Make a “to-do” list. Reduce distractions. Take a mindful break. 5 ways to help your child focus It’s 3 … Read More
Mindfulness comes in many forms these days. “Short times, many times,” more extended sittings, mindful eating, mindful walking, mindful seeing, online mindful programs, mindful webinars, mindful retreats and so on. All have their place, but I often see us, as adults, missing the point or having inhuman expectations in our mindfulness practices. Wanting to control our thoughts, or when we … Read More
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi Welcome back to school! Hope everyone had a great Spring Break. This month’s FocusedKids blog is stealing from a wonderful website called www.WithPause.com. Just a gentle reminder to help yourself first as you return to the fast-paced world … Read More
Amy Saltzman is a leader in the field of mindfulness with kids and created the book A Still Quiet Place as a wonderful resource for those who are doing this work. One of the things children struggle with most is identifying and coping with feelings. Being able to do this is an essential part of self-regulation, and developing overall executive function. … Read More