Set Your Child Up for School Success with These Healthy Brain Tips

Shayla GrovesBrain, Feelings, Gratitude, Mental Health, Mindfulness With Kids, Parenting, Self-Regulation, Social Emotional Health

Back to School Brain Tips

Going back to school brings up a lot of feelings for everyone – parents and kids alike! The transition can feel overwhelming. Set everyone up for success this school year by establishing good sleep routines, making time to connect and talk about how the day is going to go, building predictable routines, reciting a family mantra, and practicing gratitude. Your child’s brain will thank you – and so will their teacher!

Giving Thought: FocusedKids Helps Children Learn to Self-Regulate

Shayla GrovesBrain, In the Press, Mental Health, Mindfulness With Kids, News & Events, Parenting, Research, Self-Regulation, Teachers, Trauma

Tamara Tormohlen

FocusedKids is a community-based program that teaches children about their brains and to provide strategies to help them self-regulate. The FocusedKids core program offers a classroom curriculum teaching three parts of the brain, both live and online. Participants learn how the brain works and practice exercises that help calm and focus. Both teachers and children participate using FocusedKids supporting materials and a well-defined implementation schedule.

A New Path for Healing

Kathy HegbergBrain, Mental Health, News & Events, Trauma

Marisa Mullins lost her almost seven-year-old son, Lile, in a tragic accident in March of 2012. As Marisa grieved she also wanted to have a legacy that honored Lile and the beautiful soul he was in his short time on earth.

How to Involve Kids in Pandemic Holiday Planning

Kathy HegbergBrain, Gratitude, Kindness, Mindfulness With Kids, Parenting, Resilience

Kind Kangaroo

Here at FocusedKids we are trying not to exhaust ourselves by worrying about plans for the upcoming Holidays. We are reminding ourselves to be patient and grateful, and figure we are successful in those endeavors about 40% of the time. (Truth: maybe only 30%!). We hope the following tips will help you navigate the holiday season however you plan to spend it.

FocusedKids, the brain, and homework.

Kathy HegbergBrain, Parenting, Self-CareLeave a Comment

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

Five Things You Should Know About Brain Development

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Calm Down Tools

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

School Based FocusedKids “Brain Break” Store Opens

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Energize & Release Lesson

When kids get the wiggles, they need a Brain Break!  Brain Breaks are vitally important for children as they progress through their day.  Brief times to stop, calm down, or move and refocus provide support for maintaining self-control.  FocusedKids curriculum offers many exercises involving the breath, the body, and the senses to use as brain breaks.  They are embedded in each lesson. … Read More

School Based FocusedKids "Brain Break" Store Opens

Kathy HegbergBrain, ParentingLeave a Comment

When kids get the wiggles, they need a Brain Break!  Brain Breaks are vitally important for children as they progress through their day.  Brief times to stop, calm down, or move and refocus provide support for maintaining self-control.  FocusedKids curriculum offers many exercises involving the breath, the body, and the senses to use as brain breaks.  They are embedded in each lesson. … Read More