Happy Kids Mindfulness and Creativity

Heather Lageveen

Mindful Practice Fueling Creative Energy:The merging of mindfulness and creativity has so many incredible benefits that fit into the social-emotional learning spectrum: interpersonal skills, self-awareness, relationship skills, self-management, and emotional well-being. Research shows that engaging in some form of creativity, paired with mindfulness, benefits children of all ages, and that there are no limiting cultural factors! Amazing!After School Classes, Before School Mindfulness,Teacher Workshops read less

Happy Kids and the Importance of Nature
14-10-2022
Happy Kids and the Importance of Nature
Today’s children are on tight schedules, with child care, school, and extracurricular activities. Even if the children are outdoors, the activity is usually structured, and not one of free adventure and immersion into nature. Often, outdoor experiences are for a short period of time only. As adults working with young children, we need to find ways to support not only our own connection with nature, but the children’s as well.Nature’s invitationsWhen young children are exposed to nature, they see the beauty just as we do; but more importantly, they begin to interact with its offerings. Children automatically become hands-on in nature. Nature provokes children into thought, action, and formulating their own ideas. When children are involved in experiences with nature, they are absorbed and completely attentive to what is at hand. This exposure to nature can be simply going for a walk, playing in the yard, or hiking in the woods. There are many advantages to all types of exposure to nature.How can adults help?Adults can help children by providing natural environments to explore and adding tools to enhance explorations, such as shovels, magnifying glasses, pencils and paper, cameras, and related resources.It is important to observe where and what the children are interested in and support those interests by asking open-ended questions. What did you discover? How does it feel?What does it look like? How does it move? What should we do? Ask questions that will encourage the children to observe and to describe their observations. It is vital that adults share the natural world with children by planning related activities, but it is important for children to have the opportunity to discover nature on their own. When children connect with nature and freely explore its components, they develop their own personal relationship with nature. It is this relationship that will carry meaning into their understanding of nature.For full blog or more ideas about mindfulness and creativity go to: happykidsmindfulnesscreativity.comWebsite: happykidsmindfulnesscreavitiy.comFacebook: https://fb.me/HappyKidsMindfulCreative Happy Kids Mindfulness and Creativity - YouTube https://m.youtube.com/channel/UClznRspJ4bwJiLWDwsqd9lQ
Happy Kids and Social Media Solutions
08-08-2022
Happy Kids and Social Media Solutions
As I sit here typing on my laptop, preparing an article for a newsletter that I will send out to parents and teachers about social media and kids I wonder about the irony. I definitely utilize social media. I have observed the social, emotional, academic, and coping behaviors of students change over the years. Can technology have something to do with it? Well, research points in that direction. Studies show that daily overuse of media and technology has a negative effect on the health of all children, preteens and teenagers by making them more prone to anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders, as well as by making them more susceptible to future health problems. The key is to find balance and create safety .There are some monitoring apps, like Bark, that help keep children safer when using social media by giving parents more control over their child’s internet devices. Like the ability to monitor social media, text messages, & other activities for signs of cyberbullying, depression, inappropriate content, and more.As a teacher, navigating the world of social media with kids is more than a bit of a balancing act. There are the pros; where I have been able to use social media as a vehicle for creativity, allowing it to form connections, and inspiring some genuine laughs.The worst? Well, we all know what the worst is.So how can we help our kids start on the path to a healthy relationship with social media?One creative answer might be Zigazoo. Zigazoo seems to have created the perfect platform of social media for kids. They've developed a safe and positive community where kids ages 3 to 13 can create short-form videos (max. length: 30 seconds) and form healthy online relationships. It's similar to TikTok-style in its video-sharing, but offers prompts for kids to inspire videos. Recent prompts include things like:What's your favorite riddle?Can you teach us how to play your favorite sport?Zigazoo was started by parents experiencing the same tug and pull of social media we all do. Zak and Leah Ringelstein, parents of three young kids and former teachers, created the app in the early days of the pandemic when, like all of us, they were struggling with finding great content for their kids online.The other key factor here is to monitor the amount of time spent on social media and limit it! Website: happykidsmindfulnesscreavitiy.comFacebook: https://fb.me/HappyKidsMindfulCreative Happy Kids Mindfulness and Creativity - YouTube https://m.youtube.com/channel/UClznRspJ4bwJiLWDwsqd9lQ
Happy Kids Mindfulness and Creativity
05-08-2022
Happy Kids Mindfulness and Creativity
Creativity and MindfulnessWhy do I highlight the importance of both creativity and mindfulness?Creativity is the ability to use the imagination to formulate original ideas and possibilities. This valuable quality can be attributed to solutions to some of our most compelling problems. Creativity is also responsible for so many of the wonderful innovations that make our lives pleasant. Research is showing that mindfulness enhances creativity in a number of ways. And the fantastic thing is that anybody can benefit from it!The flexibility of thought is essential to creativity and studies show that mindfulness practice is positively correlated with cognitive flexibility. This flexibility of thought is necessary for divergent thinking or having a flexible mindset. This type of mindset is one that characterizes creativity. Divergent thinking involves the exploration of many possible solutions, in contrast to convergent thinking or a fixed mindset, which involves finding the one “correct” answer to a problem. A fixed mindset keeps you stuck because you have the belief that intelligence, talent, and other qualities are innate and unchangeable. When combining and focusing on the process, rather  than the product, there is a greater potential for overall resilience, happiness, and self-esteem as well.Creativity also often relies on insight. Insight problem solving is the sudden discovery or recognition of a solution rather than a step-by-step analysis of factors. People with a more effective mindfulness practice have been found  to be more likely to use an insight approach to solving problems. Interestingly, many of the insights gained about human psychology through years support mindfulness and that of the inner experience. They are now being supported by modern science.The merging of mindfulness and creativity has so many incredible benefits that fit into the social-emotional learning (SEL) spectrum: interpersonal skills, self-awareness, relationship skills, self-management, and emotional well-being. Research shows that engaging in some form of creativity, paired with mindfulness, benefits children of all ages, and that there are no limiting cultural factors! Amazing!happykidsmindfulnesscreativity.comWebsite: happykidsmindfulnesscreavitiy.comFacebook: https://fb.me/HappyKidsMindfulCreative Happy Kids Mindfulness and Creativity - YouTube https://m.youtube.com/channel/UClznRspJ4bwJiLWDwsqd9lQ