Perhaps you've already checked off the supply list, having purchased (or dusted off from last year!) the necessary materials—pencils, binders, school bag and more. Maybe there are a few new clothes in your child's closet, and gleaming gym sneakers still sitting in their box. What's left to do? Just one thing: peruse our suggested reading list to help get your mind school-ready too.
Mindfulness and Learning: What's the Connection?: The use of mindful awareness practices can make a real difference in students' lives, says Patricia Jennings. Not just for individual children, but in educational reform.
Parenting Happily: As parents, we experience stress at various times during the day—whether during a hectic morning routine, a hurried bedtime ritual, or a silent drive to school. But mindfulness can help in many ways, says psychologist Raelynn Maloney.
The Family ADHD Solution: Mark Bertin, M.D., discusses how mindfulness can be a useful tool for both parent and child when dealing with issues surrounding ADHD.
Rollie's Vision: As Tom Preble drives a noisy school bus to its destination, he befriends a nine-year-old blind boy named Rollie. Over time, the pair come to help each other better appreciate the world around them.
The Big Questions: Anne Cushman's young son, Skye, keeps her on her toes with his many questions: How do we know the things we know? How do we justify our decisions?