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5 Mindful Skills for Moms When Things Don't Go as Planned

5 Mindful Skills for Moms When Things Don't Go as Planned | Momfulness | Scoop.it
My life is so completely different than I planned. I’m a dreamer and I’ve had some big dreams in my life. At this point I have many different versions of my dreams since I've had to re-write them o...
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Two Words I'll Never Say To My Daughter Again

Two Words I'll Never Say To My Daughter Again | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Although the words "hurry up" did little if nothing to increase my child's speed, I said them anyway. Maybe even more than the words, "I love you." The truth hurts, but the truth heals... and brings me closer to the parent I want to be.
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Finding focus:10 ways to help increase your child's concentration

Finding focus:10 ways to help increase your child's concentration | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Kids commonly have difficulty concentrating on tasks — particularly school work. Here are 10 ways to help your child focus better and gain the great f...
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Great tips to improve concentration for your kids. 

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Parents Primer | kidsgardening.org

Parents Primer | kidsgardening.org | Momfulness | Scoop.it

What better place to ‘grow’ special family memories than in a garden? Gardening with your kids or grandkids at home or at a community garden not only provides the tangible benefits of exercise and fresh food, it also fosters communication, builds strong relationships, and offers an opportunity to work towards a common goal. Our monthly activities and Parents' Primer are designed to help you get started.

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14 tips for Helping Children with Emotional Intelligence | parent4success

14 tips for Helping Children with Emotional Intelligence | parent4success | Momfulness | Scoop.it

14 tips for Helping Children with Emotional Intelligence

What can we do to help our children develop emotional intelligence?

Our emotional intelligence is the ability to understand our own feelings and the feelings of others so we can get along with other people. Experts have found that our emotional intelligence is the biggest predictor of life happiness. If we want to help our children develop emotional intelligence we need to help them name their feelings then to guide them through the how to find an effective solution.

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14 tips for Helping Children with Emotional Intelligence

Excellent tips for building emotional intelligence in our kids. The tips listed in this article involve helping children identify, experience and respond to emotions in ways that will be adaptive for many years. These skills are ones that I regularly help children develop in play therapy.  

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Mom’s love good for child’s brain | Washington University in St. Louis

Mom’s love good for child’s brain | Washington University in St. Louis | Momfulness | Scoop.it

Mom's love good for Children's Brains

School-age children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have brains with a larger hippocampus, a key structure important to learning, memory and response to stress. 

The new research, by child psychiatrists and neuroscientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is the first to show that changes in this critical region of children’s brain anatomy are linked to a mother’s nurturing. 


Read Summary here. Read full text: Maternal support in early childhood predicts larger hippocampal volumes at school age

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The importance of maternal nurtuing has been long proven for rats and primates, and now we know that children who experience nurturing in their early years have a larger hippocampus, by 10%. This is actually a followup study on a study on depression in preschoolers when they were ages 3 to 5. Brain images of these same children were taken when they were between 7 and 10. They evaluated the degree of maternal nuturance when the children were younger and compared the results to the brain imaging. .  This  study suggests a clear link between nurturing and the size of the hippocampus. 

What's the hippocampus? One of the most important parts of the human brain especially since it sits right in the middle of our animal brain (limbic system) which is involved in managing emotion, threat detection, behavior, motivation and memory.  Amy Fuller PhD


Hat tip to Donald Cooper for posting this on the Achieve Balance Linked Group


Read Summary here. Read full text: Maternal support in early childhood predicts larger hippocampal volumes at school age

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Welcome to the Momastery (Mom-astery) - Momastery » Momastery

Welcome to the Momastery (Mom-astery) - Momastery » Momastery | Momfulness | Scoop.it

This blog’s name emerged from the idea that Motherhood is like a monastery … it’s a sacred place, apart from the world, where a seeker can figure out what matters and catch glimpses of God. It’s also like being pecked to death by merciless chickens. Often, while I am being mercilessly pecked, I dream of running away and joining a silent order of monks. Hence – Momastery.

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Lovely site worth following. Thanks! Jennifer hoffmaster Christian! HT @4afullerlife 

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The Neuroscience of Calming a Baby

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The Neuroscience of Calming a Baby

New study explains why babies calm down when they are carried.

Every parent and caregiver knows from first hand experience that babies calm down when they are picked up, gently rocked, and carried around the room. New research published in the journal Current Biology on April 18, 2013 shows that this is a universal phenomenon. Infants experience an automatic calming reaction when they are being carried, whether they are mouse pups or human babies.

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According to this study, when a baby is held a calming response is experienced in the parasympatheic nervous system and a part of the brain called the cerebellum. The cerebellum sits at the very back and bottom of our brains and manages things like breathing, heart rate, balance and movement. 

  • Although the cerebellum is only 10% of brain volume it holds over 50% of your brain's neurons. Neuroscientists are perplexed by everything that the cerebellum does. This study offers one more valuable clue. 
  • Scientists have known for years that the cerebellum is directly linked to a feedback loop with the vagus nerve which keeps heart rate slow and gives you grace under pressure. As adults, we can calm ourselves by practicing mindfulness and Loving-Kindness Meditation which puts the cerebellum at peace and creates a parasympathetic response of well being. This appears to be the same response that occurs in infants when they are being carried. 
I would like to know what happens in the adult brain when a baby is held and calmed...most likely the same thing.  
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