In this section, you’ll find educational materials on talking to children about cancer and grief, as well as tips for handling traumatic experiences (like cancer) by utilizing mindfulness. Plus, you’ll find fun craft projects to do with your little ones, which is good for both parents and kids alike!
"Play Activities @ Home"
Try not to let staying at home get your down!
Our UPLIFT Program Coordinator at TLF has designed a handout of fun things to "play" at home with common household items.
"Building Your Toolbox: Highlighting Resources Available to Support Grieving Children and Youth"
In May of 2019 the Children and Youth Grief Network and Andrea Warnick presented an online webinar knowledge exchange event that featured CYGN's most recent research that explores the needs of marginalized grieving youth.
"Trauma in Children: Intervention and Treatment"
Trauma and stress have far reaching effects on children into adulthood. This presentation looks at those factors and provides clinicians with valuable interventions to mitigate these factors.
"MINDFULNESS IS A SUPER POWER THAT EVERYONE CAN HAVE!"
Want to incorporate mindfulness into your kids' routines, but don't have a ton of time? This article has a bunch of great mindfulness exercises - all under 5 minutes!!
"CHILDREN OF ALL AGES CAN BENEFIT FROM MINDFULNESS, THE SIMPLE PRACTICE OF BRINGING A GENTLE, ACCEPTING ATTITUDE TO THE PRESENT MOMENT."
This comprehensive and useful guide from the New York Times shows how to incorporate mindfulness into your own and your children's lives. Tips and information for age groups from infants to teenagers are covered!
WHY IS MINDFULNESS IMPORTANT?
"We’re also starting to recognize that mindfulness practices could be beneficial for children for the same reasons it helps adults, contributing to reduced stress, improved sleep quality and heightened focus."
“TRY A LITTLE HARDER TO BREAK FREE OF YOUR OWN BUSY WORLD AND TRY TO BE MORE AWARE OF OTHER PEOPLE’S FEELINGS!”
Thoughtful Thursday is the perfect time to be mindful of those around you, at home, work and in public, who may have thoughts, concerns, or needs which you may not be aware of.
"THE SEEDS OF EMPATHY, CARING, AND COMPASSION ARE PRESENT FROM EARLY IN LIFE, BUT THAT TO BECOME CARING, ETHICAL PEOPLE, CHILDREN NEED ADULTS TO HELP THEM AT EVERY STAGE OF CHILDHOOD TO NURTURE THESE SEEDS INTO FULL DEVELOPMENT."
Harvard's Making Caring Common Project gives tips on how to raise caring, thoughtful, and ethical children.
“TRAUMA MEMORIES ARE SENSORY MEMORIES,” SHE SAYS, “MEANING THAT PEOPLE FEEL THEM IN THEIR BODIES AND REACT WITH THEIR BODIES.”
Creativity can help them make that leap to full understanding and expression.
WHEN MINDFULNESS MEETS THE CLASSROOM
"It may not be the typical way to start an English class, but Gonzalez’s students were familiar with these five-minute mindfulness exercises—from counting breaths and focusing on the sensations of breathing, to visualizing thoughts and feelings—that he uses to help train their attention, quiet their thoughts, and regulate their emotions."
4-7-8 BREATHING EXERCISES
"Pranayama is a Sanskrit term that describes the regulation of breathing to achieve health benefits. An ancient Indian practice, pranayama involves the manipulation of breath with 3 phases -- inhalation, retention and exhalation."
HOW TO AWAKEN JOY IN KIDS
"To help children navigate difficult times, we still need to encourage joy practices with our kids. Practicing gratitude and mindfulness during the good times gives them the energy to really put in a concentrated effort when things are difficult—sort of like charging a battery."
A GREAT READ FROM UCLA CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY DISCUSSING THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION, DEVELOPMENTAL UNDERSTANDING, QUESTIONS ADDRESSING TREATMENT, ETC.
A great way to inform yourself on the basics of children's developmental cycles and emotions regarding a parent or caregivers cancer.
WHEN PARENTS GET CANCER, CHILDREN ARE OFTEN THE FORGOTTEN VICTIMS
“It is estimated that nearly 3 million children under the age of 18 are currently living with the challenge of coping with a parent who has cancer."
OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER: HOW TEENAGERS COPE WITH A PARENT'S CANCER
"Teenagers are pulling away from the family, forging their own identity. The news that a parent has cancer yanks the adolescent back into the fold – exactly where they don't want to be."This article may help you understand how a teenager is affected by a caregivers cancer.
"AGE IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN DECIDING WHAT AND HOW MUCH YOU SHOULD TELL YOUR CHILD ABOUT A CANCER DIAGNOSIS."
Is now the right time to talk with your children? Read below for information on having cancer conversations with your family.
HELPING CHILDREN WHEN A FAMILY MEMBER HAS CANCER
The American Cancer Society offers multiple resources to prepare your family for what a battle of cancer can look like. Read to see the different guides on how to prepare your family for such a challenging time.
LOOKING FOR A CANDY-FREE ALTERNATIVE FOR YOUR KIDS TO GIVE OUT FOR VALENTINE'S DAY?
Look no further than this simple and cute pencil arrow! Your kids will have a great time assembling these and their classmates' parents will thank you!
CHECK OUT THESE FUN RAINY CRAFT IDEAS FOR KIDS!
Spring showers leaving you clueless with what to do with your kids? Try some indoor fun with these clever Pinterest-pefect crafts, sure to entertain your little ones when that playground trip you planned is a washout.