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Understanding Children's Emotions: The Importance of Curiosity and Interest

Understanding Children's Emotions: The Importance of Curiosity and Interest | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Many of us may not, at first, think of interest as an emotion. Psychologists and neuroscientists, however, now regard interest as a fundamental emotion -- an emotion that motivates and guides our engagement in the world.

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Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 16, 2013 4:32 PM

Great insights into the importance of engagement and curiosity in children as a motivating factor and foundational for forming relationship with them.

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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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Irregular bed times curb young kids' brain power: And may have knock-on effects on health throughout life

Irregular bed times curb young kids' brain power: And may have knock-on effects on health throughout life | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Going to bed at different times every night throughout early childhood seems to curb children's brain power, finds a large, long term study.
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Children Learn What They Live

Children Learn What They Live | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Just wanted to share one of my favorite reminders about parenting.  Baby Girl's godfather read this during one of her blessing ceremonies.  I recall this being on a plaque in my home growing up.
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Like this author, I also had this plaque in my home growing up. Always a good reminder of how our actions shape our children. 

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50 Inspiring Children’s Books with a Positive Message

50 Inspiring Children’s Books with a Positive Message | Momfulness | Scoop.it

With technology developing at a record pace and kids mastering iPads before they’re even out of diapers, it’s more important than ever to instill the love of reading in our children. Here are 50 Children's Books with a Positive Message and 50 Children's Books with a positive message, Part 2

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Wonderful list of 50 books with a positive message! Also a second 50 books published too due to the huge response to the first list! 

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The Question You Shouldn't Ask Your Child

The Question You Shouldn't Ask Your Child | Momfulness | Scoop.it
We're constantly asking our kids what their favorite this or that is. Are there dangers to such a seemingly harmless question?

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Moving from asking kids what is their favorite _____ to asking when they felt ______. Interesting thought on the development of metacognition in children. 

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We're constantly asking our kids what their favorite this or that is. Are there dangers to such a seemingly harmless question? Is there such a thing as a "parental do-over"? 

http://bit.ly/M2w7dY | Parents Magazine Positive Parenting Connection peaceful parenting

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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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The life you live is the lesson you teach.

The life you live is the lesson you teach. | Momfulness | Scoop.it
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Renee Baribeau's curator insight, July 5, 2013 12:40 PM

I resonate with this.

 

Dr. Amy Fuller's comment, July 14, 2013 11:13 PM
Our children are like tiny video cameras...they don't miss a thing.
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Greater Happiness in 5 Minutes a Day

Greater Happiness in 5 Minutes a Day | Momfulness | Scoop.it
How to teach kids loving-kindness meditation

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Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 9, 2013 3:49 PM

Beautiful tool to boost feelings of well-being for the whole family

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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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15 Favorite Quotes About Mothers - Grandparents.com

15 Favorite Quotes About Mothers - Grandparents.com | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Our favorite words of wisdom just for you, or share them with a special mom you know.
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Lovely slideshow with quotes and illustrations about mothering. 

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Brené Brown: Foreboding joy

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Brené Brown: Foreboding joy

Via Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian
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I Love this clip!  The brilliant Brene' Brown talking about foreboding joy...something most moms have, even when we don't know it! 

To read more about it read Daring Greatly...the best book I've read this year.  Amy Fuller PhD and Momfulness

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Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 9, 2013 5:27 PM

Sometimes we can rob ourselves of the ability to just enjoy the moment, when we try to protect ourselves from potential heartache. The anti-dote and the way to live more fully is Gratitude!

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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.


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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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iMOM Media Monitor

iMOM Media Monitor | Momfulness | Scoop.it

What a child sees and hears today influences what they think and do tomorrow.

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Nice and easy to use guide to help you decide if the movie is appropriate for the kids. 

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Emotional Health: The 2 Secrets to Peace

Emotional Health: The 2 Secrets to Peace | Momfulness | Scoop.it

The Fit Mom training regimen requires that you focus on your health in three areas: physicalspiritual and emotional. 

Pouanjand for pound, ounce for ounce, the two key heavy weights to bringing about emotional health are the practice of forgiveness and positive thinking.

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99 Compliments for Kids

99 Compliments for Kids | Momfulness | Scoop.it

Kids love to be complimented—especially by their moms.  So print out these 99 compliments for kids, tape them somewhere only you can see them, and share a few with your children every day.

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Helping Children Pray: Praying Through the Day

Helping Children Pray: Praying Through the Day | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Help children to discover ways to pray throughout the day. Praying during simple activities helps children learn to stay in touch with God all day.
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Lots of helpful tips for how to incorporate prayer into daily life. 

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Is your child a quitter? When to push a kid and when to let go - TODAY.com

Is your child a quitter? When to push a kid and when to let go - TODAY.com | Momfulness | Scoop.it

Parents like Kellaghan have no problem getting their kids to sign up for an activity—whether it be ballet or bug watching—but they face major struggles keeping kids in the game.

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Thoughtful discussion for how to handle children's extracurricular activites and motivation. HT Danielle Lair!

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A Mother's Meditation

I quiet my mind with a deep, stilling breath. And then another. I sit in the emptiness and experience myself, the light in me, perhaps for the first time today. I am quiet. All of the sounds and em...
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10 Ways to be Mindful with your Children Again

10 Ways to be Mindful with your Children Again | Momfulness | Scoop.it
One week ago I way lying in a hospital bed with my mother, holding her hand, my cheek next to hers, wading through an illness that had stopped her in her tracks. I thought about how it must have fe...

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from Mindful Mothering...10 signs that you may not be present with your children and 10 suggestions for returning to mindfulness with your children.

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DaringGreatly-ParentingManifesto

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These principles of wholehearted parenting are tranformational! Brene's  book is even better! http://www.brenebrown.com/books/2012/5/15/daring-greatly.html

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Perfectionism

Perfectionism | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Sometimes we must speak or the stones will cry out. I have cried. It is now time to speak. To speak of our family’s personal experiences applying the teachings of Michael and Debi Pearl.
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Ann Voscamp speaks, rather cries out against notions of perfect parenting and always obedient children...in favor of parenting with Christ-like compassion and mercy. 

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Activities for Teaching Kids to Listen With Understanding & Empathy

Activities for Teaching Kids to Listen With Understanding & Empathy | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Listening with understanding and empathy is a skill that can be taught, not unlike mathematics or science. Engage in fun activities with your children while teaching a better understanding of their ...

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Edwin Rutsch's curator insight, July 6, 2013 6:22 PM

Listening with understanding and empathy is a skill that can be taught, not unlike mathematics or science. Engage in fun activities with your children while teaching a better understanding of their emotions. Increasing empathy improves communication, and increasing understanding may improve many things from homework routine to reduction in conflict.


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Pilar Bermejo Gonzalez's curator insight, July 15, 2013 4:22 AM

Para padres y profesores actividades para trabajar la empatía en los niños 

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A Strategy For Promoting Resilience In Children

A Strategy For Promoting Resilience In Children | Momfulness | Scoop.it

Do you foster an anxious mindset or a resilient mindset in your children or students? 

 

Children need to understand our minds are running us and we must know our minds really well if we want to be happy, resilient and successful.


Here are some do’s and don’ts to help teach children to identify the exact nature of their thoughts, unpack and challenge those thoughts and stories and change how they feel.

 


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 9, 2013 11:12 AM

One of the points is to be present and mindful. That assumes we would be comfortable with helping children learn mindful practices in our classrooms. I am, but...

Dr. Amy Fuller's comment, July 9, 2013 4:03 PM
The positive penguin helps kids find creative ways to work through tough times. "Negative emotions exist, we all have them and they make us feel terrible but they do not need to define us."
Debra L. Pirsos's curator insight, July 11, 2013 2:52 PM

A resilient mind is a peaceful mind.

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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