I remember Goldie Hawn from the 70’s as the ditzy blonde comedian who made us laugh. I recently saw her on TV talking about The Hawn Foundation and how it’s promoting a program in the schools called “MindUP“. In my opinion, MindUP is a solid answer to many of our students’ problems. Watch this video to better understand the positive changes that can be taught to children.
In Goldie Hawn’s book, 10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children–and Ourselves–the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happy Lives there are many creative ideas you can use with your children to begin teaching them awareness. I liked this idea from her book:
“Whenever you pass by someone on the street or in another car, play a game with your children that starts with, “I wonder what that person is feeling?” Be as creative and inventive as you like. Does the person look happy or sad? Is the person frowning or smiling? Label those emotions: anger, joy, sadness . . . Talk about how we can tell what someone’s feeling just by looking at them. Explain that sensing what someone else is feeling is empathy. Encourage your kids to share their feelings, too.”
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