I have been an educator for over 20 years and, being a mother of a ten year-old girl, I fully embrace the importance of instilling a true awareness of the world in our children.
It seems essential to me to pave the way of our children’s education with a solid foundation.
This begins with their learning to pause in order to understand what is happening within them, with their emotions, and then to comprehend what is around them. Indeed, when we consistently nurture mindfulness in children, we teach them to appreciate these everyday little moments, and thus enhance their sensitivity and their empathy.
“What is now?” aims at addressing the little ones as well as the older ones as mindfulness requires self- practice that can be learned at all ages. This book is an introduction to learning together about our inner self in a simple and accessible manner, so that we can better understand the outside world.
“Sometimes, I need you” is a book that tells us the importance of our needs. All needs are essential. And even though physiological needs are vital, other needs are just as important and allow us to understand what is happening inside us. The Nonviolent Communication (NVC) postulate by Marshall Rosenberg tells us: “I believe that every message, whatever its form or content, is an expression of a need.”
“The better we can associate our feelings with our needs, the better the other can respond to them with empathy.”
Books recommendations for this month
My recommendation for you
This bestselling classic by internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children includes fresh insights and suggestions, as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships, including innovative ways to:
· Cope with your child’s negative feelings, such as frustration, anger, and disappointment
· Express your strong feelings without being hurtful
· Engage your child’s willing cooperation
· Set firm limits and maintain goodwill
· Use alternatives to punishment that promote self-discipline
· Understand the difference between helpful and unhelpful praise
· Resolve family conflicts peacefully
Enthusiastically praised by parents and professionals around the world, Faber and Mazlish’s down-to-earth, respectful approach makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding.
My recommendation for your child
"What do you do with a problem? Especially one that follows you around and doesn't seem to be going away?
Do you worry about it? Ignore it? Do you run and hide from it?
This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared.
This is a story for anyone, at any age, who has ever had a problem that they wished would go away. It's a story to inspire you to look closely at that problem and to find out why it's here. Because you might discover something amazing about your problem]] and yourself.
What are problems for? They challenge us, shape us, push us, and help us to discover just how strong and brave and capable we really are. Even though we don't always want them, problems have a way of bringing unexpected gifts.
So, what will you do with your problem?