MindUP is a school’s based programme, as part of our training and support we provide parent information workshops demonstrating the benefits of MindUP and how to apply some of the techniques at home to support the whole family.
For guidance at home, outside of the school setting, see ’10 mindful minutes’ by our founder Goldie Hawn, linked below.
Connect with your child by taking a mindful walk together, listening to the sounds around you, this fosters focused attention
Find time in your day to express what you are grateful for, this shifts our thinking to a calmer more content perspective
Join together daily in a quiet, focused breathing exercise - focus your attention on your breath, notice your tummy rise and fall as you take deep slow breaths to bring calm and reduce stress
At the end of the day take time to share with your child one or more things that went well today - this helps foster a positive mindset
Teaching children to focus on and control their breathing can help them become less reactive and more reflective when feeling anxious or stressed. The more controlled breathing is practised, the more self-managed and mindful they can become.
Take time to pause, listen and breathe together this will help strengthen focus and support emotional balance for all the family.
Supported by research, this book outlines simple techniques such as mindful breathing, sensing and thinking. It shows parents and children how to focus on feelings of kindness and optimism that will improve relationships, increase performance through better concentration and lead to emotionally healthy and happy lives.
“This is a remarkable book… read it use it: you may find you are doing nothing less than giving back to your children their childhood while they still have a chance to live it”
“The better we understand our own thoughts and feelings, the more we are aware and in control of our own behaviour. Rather than judging and reacting to what occurs in our lives, we learn to observe and respond thoughtfully. MindUP supports what we know about how children learn, and it augments their abilities to become resilient, mindful, optimistic and thriving human beings.”
I use 'Brain Breaks' with my son to help him focus before we do homework.
I wish we learnt this at school.