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Are You Happy…

I shared a link on my Raising Mindful Kids site of the simple childhood song, “If You’re Happy and You Know It….”  It reminded me of how much fun it was to sing it  and do the actions when I was a young girl. The bouncy energy of the children caught me off guard and I noticed myself break out into a smile.

In speaking with others recently, some in their 20’s and 30’s, we have observed that the true innocence of childhood seems to have vanished and  often been replaced with stress, of one kind or another. As adults, do we stop to really pay attention whether children (ours or someone else’s) are happy… I mean REALLY happy! For the most part our lives have become to rushed an busy to even think about being happy. We sacrifice happiness, our children’s and more importantly our own, for… what…??? Happiness is a state of ‘being’ and we are constantly ‘doing’.

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“Quiet Time” Mindful Exercises For Children

As a teacher, I have practiced mindfulness exercises with students for about 15 years. One of my favourites is “Quiet Time”. In today’s busy world, full of never ending busyness and stimulus, there is very little focus on, or time for stillness or quiet time. And yet, I have found that once introduced to “Quiet Time”, not only do students like it, they ask to do it again and again.

Telling them to sit back in their chairs with spine straight, meets with “yeahs”.

The breath is always what is focused on first. Deep breaths in and out….holding then releasing. I then choose any number of visualizations, guided imageries, and or affirmations to focus on…or simply allow silence and stillness.

Sometimes combining this time with journal writing or reflective writing is also very  powerful. It helps the students to integrate their own experience and insights.

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Aug 15, 2012

I'm a teacher, mother, grandmother. I spent many years being a camp counsellor and program director. I trust that by visiting here, you will rediscover much of the parenting wisdom already inside you – and be committed and willing to refocus your energies on raising a more happy, mindful, thriving family.

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