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“Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes in it to drain it dry.” ~Alvin Price~

back to school, inspiring Greatness, Rasing Mindful Kids, Self-Esteem

With the beginning of the school year, this is so important. A child’s success in school on all levels: academically, emotionally, physically, mentally and socially  is highly dependent on their sense of self-esteem. As teachers, we are often expected to be miracle workers. We can nurture and help develop self-esteem, and we do.

The dilemma happens when this is not being done at home. Children with strong, healthy self-esteem are far more resilient than their counterparts. They are more apt to take risks, be willing to fail, try again and not feel overwhelmed. When a child lack’s self-esteem, it makes it more difficult for them to focus and learn.

What can you do today…and all this month to nurture your child’s self-esteem…?

Inspiring Greatness, Self-esteem, Raising Mindful Kids


The Language of Love

This past week has had so many disheartening events in the world this past week, many hard to comprehend and process. I came across this and think there is valuable information in the video clip for us as adults and parents. There is also a section on how to help children. I have included a link to the Institute of Hearth Math as well.

Institute of Heart Math

“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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