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Parenting with Presence, Empathy, Attention, Compassion and Embodiment  www.momfulness.org
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Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., the New York Times bestselling author of Brainstorm, and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. are the pioneering experts behind The Whole-Brain C...
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Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind

Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind | Momfulness | Scoop.it

Think your kids are being raised to be kind? Think again. A Harvard researcher and psychologist has 5 ways to train your child to be kind and empathetic.

 

Earlier this year, I wrote about teaching empathy, and whether you are a parent who does so. The idea behind it is from Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, who runs theMaking Caring Common project, aimed to help teach kids to be kind

 

1. Make caring for others a priority...

2. Provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude...

3. Expand your child’s circle of concern...

4. Be a strong moral role model and mentor...

5. Guide children in managing destructive feelings..


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Self-Care: The Secret to True Connection

Self-Care: The Secret to True Connection | Momfulness | Scoop.it
“Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.” ― bell hooks I have found this to be true: the bet...
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8 keys to Mindful Presence in Parenting and Marriage

8 keys to Mindful Presence in Parenting and Marriage | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Who of us is mature enough for offspring before the offspring themselves arrive? The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children (and marriage) produces adults.   Peter...
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Parenthood: The Power of Breathing

Parenthood: The Power of Breathing | Momfulness | Scoop.it

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Can we give ourselves permission pause for a moment and breathe? Deep breathing opens up more options in how we want to respond to our children.

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Why Parenting Has Gotten More Difficult | Family Studies

Why Parenting Has Gotten More Difficult | Family Studies | Momfulness | Scoop.it

Parents in a recent survey agreed, by a six-to-one margin, that parenting is seen as more difficult today than in the past.


Indeed, to hear today’s moms and dads tell it, Ruth Graham wrote recently at Slate, parents “never get their houses clean, never have sex, never read books or have adult conversations, never shower, and never, ever have a moment to themselves.” That’s hyperbolic, as Graham and parents themselves know, but (many parent-bloggers seem to say) it’s not far off the mark.


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- Mindful Parenting

- Mindful Parenting | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Mindful Parenting is a blog focused on helping parents learn better parenting skills to help raise happy, healthy children.
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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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100,000 Happier Parents: Are You Willing to be One?

100,000 Happier Parents: Are You Willing to be One? | Momfulness | Scoop.it
A call to arms for happier parents (and kids) everywhere


So whenever I see research which shows that parents are, on average,less happy than their childless counterparts, my heart sinks.  Equally devastating to me is the research that reveals how my generation of women is unhappier than previous generations. If we aren’t happy, our children aren’t likely to be happy, either.  And I really don’t want my children’s generation to follow in our unhappy footsteps.

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Kids are only as happy as their parents....

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Katherine Marie – 52 Smiles - A year of kindness

Katherine Marie – 52 Smiles - A year of kindness | Momfulness | Scoop.it

A year of kindness.  Our family project is off and running!  Our commitment in 2011 is to complete one out-of-the-ordinary kindness act each week for one full year.  Each month we pick from a kindness “type” and our challenge is to complete it before week’s end.  


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52 kid friendly ways to show kindness through surprises, creating, giving, serving and thanking. Love this. 

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Confessions of an Imperfect Mother - Beauty Through Imperfection

Confessions of an Imperfect Mother - Beauty Through Imperfection | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Confessions of an Imperfect Mother This series started way back in March of 2012. On this page you can read about the purpose of the series, and at the end you can find quick links to every post that has been published thus far.
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I deeply appreciate this blogger's embrace of vulnerability in this series where she shares her struggles as a mom. 

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Free Exclusive HowDoesShe Printable - Family Dinner Questions | How Does She

Free Exclusive HowDoesShe Printable - Family Dinner Questions | How Does She | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Get the conversation started at your family dinner table. These adorable free questions can be printed and put in a mason jar. We hope you make many memories, and have lots of laughs around the table this year.
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How neat to create opportunities for speaking and listening at the dinner table. This would make a great gift as well. 

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Motherhood Is Not For Slackers {Here's That Pat on the Back You've Been Needing}

Motherhood Is Not For Slackers {Here's That Pat on the Back You've Been Needing} | Momfulness | Scoop.it
This post is for you. You moms who did something hard today. Something you didn’t want to do. It wasn’t long like a marathon, glamorous like a solo, even noble like giving birth.
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Sometimes it feels like mothering doesn't matter...so much goes unnoticed...but it matters more than we think and is noticed more often than we know. 

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Recover From Summer: Taking Care of Yourself After Kids Are Back In School

Recover From Summer: Taking Care of Yourself After Kids Are Back In School | Momfulness | Scoop.it

Whether you are a work at home mom or a work outside the home mom, time to yourself is a rare and precious commodity. Taking time for yourself is a necessary practice not only for your own mental health but also to be able to give your family, career and passions your best. 

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We moms often neglect self-care in the summer...use this list to find new ways to take care of yourself! 

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Promoting Positive Behavior

Promoting Positive Behavior | Momfulness | Scoop.it

As a parent and a child psychologist I firmly believe in focusing on reinforcing positive behaviors  as opposed to punishing negative ones.  This stems from my knowledge of what behaviorists have studied about human behavior … AND my first hand experience with kids.  Positive reinforcement works … and also helps foster independence, life skills, and self-esteem.  It focuses more on mutual respect than power-differentials.  Punishing (such as time-outs and taking away privileges) works too and it is sometimes needed, but if positive behaviors are reinforced regularly there will be less of a need for the punishments … and in turn less power struggles.


- See more at: http://blog.playdrhutch.com/2012/07/05/promoting-positive-behavior/#sthash.Rq0nAgLJ.dpuf

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12 Life Lessons for Kids and How to Teach Them -

12 Life Lessons for Kids and How to Teach Them - | Momfulness | Scoop.it
What Important Life Lessons Should We Teach Our Kids? What are the most important life lessons to teach or children?  That question would probably be answered differently by every mom you ask.
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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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Play house: How to get your kids to cook, clean and organize

Play house: How to get your kids to cook, clean and organize | Momfulness | Scoop.it

I have a list of life skills I want to teach my children before they leave the house for college and life as young adults. The list includes skills like cooking, cleaning, basic sewing, managing personal finances and personal care and grooming. If you’re interested in teaching your children how to be self-sufficient, read on for ideas to get started.- See more at: http://familyshare.com/play-house-how-to-get-your-kids-to-cook-clean-and-organize#sthash.47OSMoun.dpuf

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Nice tips for parents when teaching children life skills. 

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10 Tools for Raising happy healthy children

10 Tools for Raising happy healthy children | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Follow these tips to raise a healthy, happy child. Some tips may be hard work, others may come naturally, but after you've covered the ten bases, you can stop stressing about the rest and get on being a great parent and enjoying your child.
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great article with advice you don't hear everyday...

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5 Steps to boosting your daughter's self-esteem

5 Steps to boosting your daughter's self-esteem | Momfulness | Scoop.it
With unrealistic media images bombarding girls daily, find out how to boost your daughter's self-esteem.
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Great girl mom thoughts to consider

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When your temper scares you - some suggestions for defusing

When your temper scares you - some suggestions for defusing | Momfulness | Scoop.it

Sometimes you don’t realize you have a temper till you have kids.
And then one night someone carves a pattern into the leather sofa. Or someone just  dumps a pencil sharpener out all over the floor.

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Empathy at Home

Empathy at Home | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Five tips for how parents can start fun conversations at home about empathy
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These suggestions are playful and engaging ways to be empathetic with kids with games like "walk in my shoes" and role playing games. from StartEmpathy.org 

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Moms' Best Parenting Advice | Growing With Your Child: The Art of Mindful Parenting

Moms' Best Parenting Advice | Growing With Your Child: The Art of Mindful Parenting | Momfulness | Scoop.it
What's the best parenting advice you've ever gotten? Read the top 3 entries from Parenting.com's recent contest, & share your own!
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These Moms submitted parenting advice and received mom-friendly awards! Read the whole story here

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Raising Children to be Last in a "Me First" World

Raising Children to be Last in a "Me First" World | Momfulness | Scoop.it

Entitlement has been the topic of the summer for me as I deal with my own issuesas well as those of my young children. We live in an entitled society where "have it your way" has become a personal motto for most people and where "me first" isn't just something your two-year-old demands.

But as I have mentioned before, we don't deserve anything, and if we want to teach our children how to follow Christ, then that means lessons in self-denial, contentment, and living a life of humility--something we have to be intentional about. The world is only going to teach them the opposite.

I don't have all the answers. My kids beg for stuff every time we go to the store just like yours. I throw pity parties on a regular basis. But here are a few lessons I'm learning as a mom.

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When we move from indulging our kids with the "material" to the immaterial we change their experience of entitlement. This article provides some practical ideas for how to instill a strong work ethic in our kids and model a live of service to others. 

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My Joy-Filled Life: How to Spend Quality Time With Your Kids

My Joy-Filled Life: How to Spend Quality Time With Your Kids | Momfulness | Scoop.it

We cook, we clean, we may homeschool, take care of babies, and a lot of us run home businesses or work outside of the home. We are busy. When you have more than one child it can be difficult to find the time to spend quality time with each one individually.

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Dr. Amy Fuller, Marriage & Family Therapist passionate about healing & empowering a fuller life through Relational, Emotional, Mental & Spiritual Health/Growth. www.AmyFullerPhd.com