So much is going on in the world between fire, floods, and shootings – sometimes as an adult, it is difficult to be calm and be present with our children. Our world is full of challenging experiences and our demeanor readily translates to our children. Mindfulness is a term that is being used a lot right now – and I believe that it is an idea with merit. It is noticing what is happening in and around you. It can look like a deep, calming breath, slower, more careful body movements, or a softer, more empathetic glance or touch. When children observe or sense an adult’s mindfulness, they perceive a safe and nurturing space, their breathing intuitively slows, and they become more attentive, compassionate and curious. Practicing mindfulness can be an effective positive guidance strategy. You will have greater awareness and focus and it really is as simple as taking a deep breath, which helps us to let go of worries and become more fully present, which is what our children need from us. I believe that when I practice mindfulness, I find more time in my day to be fully present and engage with my granddaughter at the end of a long day.