Mindfulness in Today’s Busy World

Mindfulness in Today’s Busy World

Paying Attention, MindfulnessDo you remember when you were young and wanted to show or tell your parents all the new things you had just seen or learned. If you were skating, had a dance performance, made a goal or just wanted to show how you did a cartwheel, showing your parents what you learned, or experienced, was a natural part of growing up. “Watch me mommy or look at this dad!”
I have had such a great experience with this lately. One of our sons has recently discovered the yo-yo. Over and over we have seen his tricks and over and over he is thrilled putting on a show. He is so proud!

I also see daily the need for a child to show us in art class what they learned. Comments from “I did it” or “look what I made” or “do you like my painting?” are often heard from our preschoolers all the way through middle school.

With so many distractions in today’s world, it is easy for us, myself included, to overlook the asking of our children to look at what they are doing and or to listen. Being mindful of this can truly transform a child’s sense of self-worth.

Feeling seen and heard is critical to developing a strong sense of self, developing self-confidence and knowing that you somehow have a secure place in the world. What other ways can we give our children attention besides watching and listening? Showing eye contact by looking directly at your child along with being aware of your body language, bending down to their level, reading on the floor together or sitting at the table together face to face can add to the list of ways you can show you are paying attention. Let’s also include creating conversation and dialogue, showing interest and reflecting back on their efforts along with asking open ended questions. “How did you make that” or “tell me about your performance” or even “how did the book finish!” are all great ways to show you are present and interested.

It’s a busy world out there but let’s not forget our children need us to watch, listen and be there for them.

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 picasso@art2growon.com, www.Art2GrowOn.com and (310) 625-6028.

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