The Mindful School Year Ahead

The Mindful School Year Ahead

bigstock--121985006Happy Fall! September is here and we are off and running towards another school year filled with academics, activities, sports, tutoring, and more. Each and every year I dedicate my fall column to my personal promise of not over scheduling my own two boys and this year is no different. Balance is the key and being mindful is of the utmost importance.

No matter the age of your child, from toddler to high school, I feel we as parents must continue to give our children those open “gaps” in regards to their time and make sure they can hang out, play, explore, and “just be”. Let’s not underestimate laughter, joy and dreaming. We know how we feel when we take a break from work – we come back recharged and more optimistic with regained clarity.

Our achievement culture is stronger than ever and I will openly include myself as a participant in that culture as our family values education in its highest regard. I too wish for my children to be equipped academically for what lies ahead. Yet as I continue to work with thousands of students a year, I am seeing again that academics are just the beginning to a life that is enriched, happy and fulfilled. The social and emotional well-being of our children is of the utmost importance also. Giving our children time to develop these additional essential life skills will help them navigate the world ahead.

So, this year again, I ask that you too are mindful of how busy your child gets over the course of the year and give them the best gift a parent could give: Time. Time to create. Time to discover. Time to think. Time to be.

Wishing you a wonderful and inspired school year.
See you in art class!

Authored by: Lauren Perelmuter

Lauren Perelmuter, Owner and Founder of Art To Grow On Children's Art Center, Inc. has been dedicated to and deeply involved in the arts and art education for 25 years. As Founder and President, Perelmuter launched Art To Grow On Inc. in 2000, bringing Art Enrichment Programs, Products, and Services to children ages 18 months –18 years old. Perelmuter’s extensive background working with Schools, both private and public, along with Cities, Corporate Day Care Centers, Non-Profit Organizations and Corporations, has moved Art To Grow On Inc. to the forefront as one of the leading art enrichment providers in Southern California. Perelmuter believes the act of “creating” gives children Life Essential Skills: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Independent Learning, Collaboration, and Communication- skills this generation must embrace and refine not only to thrive but to contribute as global citizens and become optimal thinkers. “They are our future innovators!” Lauren can be reached at, and (310) 625-6028.

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