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Parenting with Presence, Empathy, Attention, Compassion and Embodiment  www.momfulness.org
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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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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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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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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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Dr. Laura Markham > Teen's Perspective: What Peaceful Parenting Taught Me

Dr. Laura Markham > Teen's Perspective: What Peaceful Parenting Taught Me | Momfulness | Scoop.it

I have a treat for you--a description of a teen's infractions, how her parents responded, and the effect on her moral and emotional development. The article was written by my assistant Tess, a young woman who is a living testament to the positive effects of peaceful parenting.


Via Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian
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Lovely examples of how this young woman's parents said the right and peaceful thing at the right time. 

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Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 11, 2013 2:11 PM

So, I've been thinking about parenting my teens and talking to other parents about how they parent their teens, and I ran across this great article written by a young lady about all of the great lessons she learned from her own parents when she was a teenager. Insightful and optimistic!!!

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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