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Across the country, the revolutionary MindUP program, developed under the auspices of the Hawn Foundation, established by Goldie Hawn, is teaching children vital social and emotional skills. By understanding how their brains work, children discover where their emotions come from and become more self-aware. They learn to appreciate the sensory aspects of their lives and to value the positive effects of mindfulness, compassion, and kindness. This, in turn, empowers them to manage and reduce their own stress--and helps them be happy. Those who have seen the effects of this program have been eager to learn how to implement it in their own homes and use its practices for themselves, too. Here, for the first time, its secrets are being shared with all parents and children.--From publisher description.

10 mindful minutes : giving our children - and ...

Driven by her lifelong interest in the practice of mindfulness and her commitment to the welfare of children everywhere, Goldie Hawn established the Hawn Foundation to support research into developing ways of helping children become healthy and eager learners who can reach their full potential. The program developed by her foundation, MindUP, now used by educators around the world, teaches children how their minds work and how their thoughts and feelings affect their behavior. It gives them the social and emotional tools to help them deal with stress and negative feelings, calm their minds, remain focused, develop compassion and empathy for others - and, ultimately, be happy.

As practical as it is inspiring, 10 Mindful Minutes embodies the essence of the incredible success of the MindUP program with its simple techniques like mindful breathing, sensing, and thinking. In easy-to-follow steps, it shows parents and children alike how to focus on feelings of gratitude, kindness, and optimism that will improve interpersonal relationships, increase performance through better concentration, and lead to emotionally healthy and happy lives.

'This is a remarkable book . . . Read it and use it: you may find you are doing nothing less than giving back to your children their childhood, while they still have the chance to live it' Mark Williams, Director, University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre and author of MINDFULNESS FINDING PEACE IN A FRANTIC WORLD

Bestselling author Goldie Hawn offers parents a practical guide for helping their children to learn better and live more happily. Based on the MindUP programme, supported by the Hawn Foundation, 10 MINDFUL MINUTES outlines short, practical exercises for parents and children - taking less than 10 minutes - to help young children and teenagers reduce stress and anxiety, improve concentration and academic performance, effectively manage emotions and behaviour, develop greater empathy for others and the world, and be more optimistic and happy. Representing the culmination of years of research and programmes developed by the Hawn Foundation currently being used by schools internationally, this book will help children and parents develop mindfulness which has been proven to promote more effective learning and happier lives.

My children love games and competition, so I knew I wanted the beginning of their journey towards mindfulness to encompass games and play somehow. To my surprise, I learned that many classic games could have a mindful twist.

The great news is that there is forward movement to support our children on all fronts---parents, teachers, administrators, organizations and government officials who are all recognizing that current systems aren't working. And the answers that they are turning to point in one solid direction: Social Emotional Learning, coping skills and mindfulness.

It is said that we have an innate human drive within us all to want to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life. Wouldn't it make sense, then, to support our children in achieving THIS goal? If this is the goal, one HAS to look at what it is that makes us happy... THIS is the starting point where we began our journey. We know it will lead you to the path we are and have been traveling for the past two years here at the AddyPres Organizations. The path that lead us to where we are gladly grabbing hold of Goldie Hawn's hand and her MIND UP team with a goal to support our children, bringing mindfulness into their classrooms so we support them to thrive in life and learning.

Note that these recommendations are consistent with the new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans released in 2008. They note that adults should get up to 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate activity per week. And, children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more per day.

Interestingly, this ability to be in the present moment has always been natural for children, with adults often coveting this inner peace and inherent wonder, wishing we could be 5 years old again and playing in a sandbox. Children are in the now. They notice a butterfly landing on a flower, staring at it and taking in every detail until it flies away. Children delight in blowing dandelions and watching ants. They listen to each other. Children value their life minutes and spend them wisely.

Consideration - When your children start arguing, especially in public, it's easy to get frustrated. What could have been a quick grocery trip has now turned into a battle. Instead of giving up and refusing to take your children with you on the next grocery run, let your children know that you feel upset or frustrated and ask your child what they suggest could make grocery shopping a better experience for everyone. At the next grocery shopping trip, remind your children of their suggestions. It's a small step to helping your child learn problem-solving, but it allows your child to learn to consider others.

Vator CEO Bambi Francisco spoke up from the audience, bringing the conversation back to what Shah said about community, which she believed is a big influencer on our behavior if not the No. 1 influencer. "Our behavior predominantly comes from our upbringing, our family and our social circles. It's up to us to teach our children how to be mindful, and to eat more nutritious food and how this will keep them healthy. At the same time, a lot of people do look to doctors as the authority. So we need more doctors to understand lifestyle treatments as the prescription. We need more lifestyle medication doctors."

Craft a daily routine for you and your children to stick to. Create intentional time and structure for social emotional learning. This would ideally be 5 to 10 minutes of dedicated practice every day. Use an evidence-based curriculum that provides a thoughtful scope and sequence, allowing students to build upon skills over time. At Move This World, we have created a toolkit of resources to help you integrate this work into your home more easily. 041b061a72


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