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Teaching Kids to Calm Themselves…

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I’d like to share the link to a wonderful article about successful tools for helping kids to calm themselves.  The article never mentions the word mindfulness, but this coming back to ourselves truly is the essence of mindful practice. 

The links in the article are worth following too.  One of them leads to a page with a template for making a breathing star, which is a great tool for a parent or teacher to use to train kids in responding to upsets by deliberately taking steps to calm their nervous systems.  (For that matter, it’s a great tool for a therapist… I’m going to make one and try it out!)

We can all benefit from learning to calm our nervous system and come back to ourselves when we are upset.   I think this article points to some wonderful practices.  Let me know what you think!

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/19/first-learn-how-to-calm-down/?_php=true&_type=blogs&emc=eta1&_r=0

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