The “Yes Brain” is out!! Must read!

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Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson have a new book—THE YES BRAIN—coming out this week, and I’m excited to encourage you to order your own copy.  It builds on their previous work, which you may already know about:  the New York Times bestsellers THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD and NO-DRAMA DISCIPLINE. As they’ve explained it to me, they’ve written this book as … Read More

The "Yes Brain" is out!! Must read!

Kathy HegbergBook ReviewsLeave a Comment

Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson have a new book—THE YES BRAIN—coming out this week, and I’m excited to encourage you to order your own copy.  It builds on their previous work, which you may already know about:  the New York Times bestsellers THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD and NO-DRAMA DISCIPLINE. As they’ve explained it to me, they’ve written this book as … Read More

Happy Holidays!

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Hi everyone- The holidays can be a wonderful time of year when families and friends unite in order to celebrate and spend quality time together. This is also the time of year to give thanks to the people and things we are most grateful for. At FocusedKids we developed the “Grateful Goat” exercise to use during the season and had … Read More

Pet the Lizard

Bill HegbergMindfulness With Kids, Self-CareLeave a Comment

With yet another disaster to cause us stress, children add more stress to their already stressful lives.  Rick Hanson posted his “Pet the Lizard” exercise for adults in his recent newsletter.  I adapted it for kids to use at home and in the classroom as a way to help kids to quell their fears. Materials: Lizard puppet or toy, crayons … Read More

Back to School!

Kathy HegbergMindfulness With Kids, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

Going back to school can include a mixture of eagerness and anxiety both for you and the kids.  We’ve worked together using FocusedKids to teach children strategies for managing stress, but it’s important for you as teachers to have the same tools.  So, I’d like to highlight a few ways mindfulness can enhance and create a climate for learning in the classroom … Read More

Five Things You Should Know About Brain Development

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There has been an explosion of research over the past decade that shows how important the first few years of a child’s life are in terms of brain development. To help us make sense of how those early experience can shape a child’s brain, we called up Dr. Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. … Read More

Mindfulness and Children, Susan Kaiser Greenland

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Mindfulness teacher Susan Kaiser Greenland has worked with kids for a long time.  She graciously answers questions about her work below. How were you inspired to teach mindfulness to children? A couple of things happened. When I began experimenting with mindfulness and children I had two young children myself, one in pre-kindergarten and another in first grade. It just made … Read More