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“Your children are not your children.
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"From the simplest lyric to the most complex novel, literature is asking us to pay attention. Pay attention to the frog. Pay attention to the west wind. Pay attention to the boy on the raft, the lady on the tower, the old man on the train. In sum, pay attention to the world and all that dwells therein and thereby learn at last to pay attention to yourself and all that dwells therein." ― Frederick Buechner
Here are some favorite books and resources (some available from the UUA Bookstore) to help parents with parenting:
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How to watch “Inside Out” and start talking about emotions with your kids
BY MELISSA MYOZEN BLACKER | FEBRUARY 28, 2016 | Lion's Roar
CURATED TED TALKS RECOMMENDED FOR PARENTS
Mindfulness For Children & Youth
Teaching the ABCs of Attention, Balance and Compassion: Susan Kaiser Greenland at TEDxStudioCityED
Mindfulness Books for Children | UUA Bookstore, InSpirit
How to Help Your Kids Practice Mindfulness (Without Making them Sit Still)
By Wendy Joan Biddlecombe | Tricyle
These two short and dynamic exercises from author and educator Susan Kaiser Greenland helps children develop kindness and gratitude.
Body Scan for Kids By Mark Bertin | Mindful
An 11-minute body scan for children to help bring calmness, attention, and appreciation to hectic daytime routines and marathon bedtime rituals.
How to Awaken Joy in Kids By James Baraz and Michele Lilyanna | Mindful
By teaching children mindfulness skills we help them increase their well-being and enable them to meet the stresses of the world with presence, self-compassion, and openness.
Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children by Thich Nhat Hanh, Wietske Vriezen (Illustrator)
Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children is the fruit of decades of development and innovation in the Plum Village community's collective practice with children. Based on Thich Nhat Hanh's thirty years of teaching mindfulness and compassion to parents, teachers, and children, the book and enclosed CD covers a wide range of contemplative and fun activities parents and educators can do with their children or students. They are designed to help relieve stress, increase concentration, nourish gratitude and confidence, deal with difficult emotions, touch our interconnection with nature, and improve communication. ― Goodreads
Two Simple Mindfulness Practices For Back-To-School
By Christopher Willard | August 25, 2016
Teachers and parents can help kids regulate, shift, and stabilize their energy and mood, allowing for a little more silence and a little more focus.
How Self-Compassion Can Help Teens De-stress
By Jessica Morey | August 24, 2016
Teen stress is on the rise. According to a new study, learning mindfulness and self-compassion can help teens cope.
Yoga Planet - 50 Fun Activities for a Natural Life Tara Gruber, Barefoot Books, 2016
Encourage healthy habits early with activities and games that help little ones get in tune with the world around them. Through yoga poses, breathing exercises and solo, pair and group activities, Yoga Planet promotes awareness, mindfulness and sensitivity to other people and our planet.
Good Night Yoga - A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story Mariam Gates, Sounds True, 2015
Kids love yoga and it's great for them, so much so that the President's Council has added the practice to the annual President's Challenge fitness activities. For parents and caregivers looking for a fun and effective new routine for bedtime, Good Night Yoga, a playful yet wholly practical book for preparing for sleep.
Religious Recognition Awards for UU Scouts
For families that participate Girl and Boy Scout programs. Both Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Boy Scouts of America (BSA) encourage their members to earn a religious recognition. Religious recognitions are developed by the religious organization. The UUA has published curricula for these programs. For more information, follow the links below.
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something. ― Neil Gaiman: