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Practice Mindfulness With Your Kids by Pretending to Be Trees

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We know how much mindfulness can help ease our child’s (and our own) stress, anxiety, or lack of focus—especially during times such as these. Getting our kid’s buy-in on such practices, though, takes a little creativity. Even the simplest of the mantras, breathing exercises or body-scanning techniques you use in your own mindfulness routine can go straight over their head, leaving them bored or even more fidgety than when you started.

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That’s the problem writer Steph Fairyington ran into when she tried to implement a meditation and gratitude routine with her 4-year-old daughter Marty. (Marty, naturally, took the opportunity to play up her silliness, exclaiming how she was thankful for ice cream and farts—because who isn’t?) So Fairyington went on a journey to figure out how to incorporate Marty’s penchant for imaginative play into a mindfulness practice.

After some research and interviews with experts, she writes for the Washington Post that she was ready to put a plan into action—by pretending to be trees:

Marty and I squatted down and pretended our fingers were the big bold roots of our respective trees. Then we slowly rose up and lengthened our bodies into erect postures. Taking a deep breath, we gently extended our arms over our heads, wiggling our fingers (leaves) and arms (branches) in a soft breeze, exhaling as we let them fall at our sides. “It’s not just imitation, but a real becoming,” Lisa Miller, a professor of psychology and education at Columbia University Teachers College and author of “The Spiritual Child,” assured me. “The sensibility of the child is that they can truly be the tree. It supports their natural sense of unity.” Marty, so believable as a tree she’d make Stanislavsky proud, truly made the practice her own by tipping over in a gusty wind and pleading for my help.

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From there, Fairyington and her daughter pretended to be wind (a tornado sent Marty hurtling through the park) and the sun.

Using the specific tree, wind and sun technique is great, but you can adapt the idea to whatever speaks to your child’s individuality. You could do some Darth Vader breathing exercises or practice walking like a deer. Or you could do like my son’s soccer coach does and have the kids spend a few minutes lying on their backs making “grass angels” in the field before a game.

Anything that allows them to slow down and act out something in a focused, methodical way is a great start to practicing mindfulness.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

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