Big emotions can get the best of all of us. A sudden wave of frustration, anxiety or fear can cause even a usually calm, rational adult to lose her cool. A child overwhelmed by emotion may react so strongly that he feels powerless to calm down. Parents and caregivers can help a child manage strong emotions by teaching him a simple mantra and explaining what is happening in his body when he feels overwhelmed.
Nurturing happiness can be very similar to the cultivation of a garden. Yes, you need initial resources to build the garden, but it is the care of the garden that makes it successful. As a parent, you strive to provide the essential resources for your child’s well-being and happiness like love, support and stability, but your child also can make choices and do things that impact her happiness.
Children spend about 40% of their childhood asleep. Those restorative hours of slumber are as important to a child’s health as nutrition and exercise, allowing the body and brain to flush out toxins, consolidate memories, release growth hormone, lower stress hormones like cortisol, as well as repair and replenish cells. Poor sleep can lead to excess weight gain, diabetes, learning and memory problems, daytime tiredness, moodiness, clumsiness and accidents, and trouble paying attention. Unfortunately, studies suggest that over the last century, the amount of sleep that children get has been declining.
Kids & Teens:
A Resource Guide
Practicing mindfulness is one way that children and teens can learn to cope with stress and enhance their overall mental health. On this site, the American Psychological Association (APA) and Magination Press provide practical information and useful tools for parents, educators, and other caregivers to apply when teaching mindfulness to children and teens. Here you’ll find resources recommended by the experts at APA, including a catalog of books published by Magination Press that address mindfulness in a kid-friendly manner.
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