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July 10-14 Summer Camp for Kids

Just Breathe Credits: Julie Bauer Saltzman & Josh Saltzman (Wavecrest Films)
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Kids, come discover ways to calm your inner storms by learning how to slow down and breathe!  The "Just Breathe" video (above) created by Julie Bauer Saltzman and Josh Saltzman illustrates how many people can feel a storm of emotions inside them (not just kids!).  With mindfulness we can teach kids how to connect with the present moment in order to calm these emotional storms.

Kids for Kids a Mindfulness Movement will be offering Summer Camp in both Fanwood (July 10-14, 1-4 p.m.) and Clark (Aug. 28-Sept.1, 9 a.m.-noon).

Kids for Kids is a group of multidisciplinary professionals who are committed to bringing mindfulness to children in fun and innovative ways. We have created curriculum based, child-friendly activities, such as mindful eating, bracelet making, team building, yoga and mini meditations, slime, and more. Our goal is to build upon activities that children already know and love doing by highlighting the mindful component in each. Your children will learn how to create awareness about what they are doing and how they are feeling by engaging in these activities.

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What is mindfulness and how will this relate to my children? There are a variety of definitions for what mindfulness is. We believe mindfulness is being aware of the present, both internally and externally, without judgement and with compassion. For kids, this could translate to “paying attention to what they are doing and how they are feeling more often during their day. Mindfulness can be created by practicing short moments of awareness several times throughout your day. Here at Kids for Kids, while guided by several experienced professionals, children practice a series of “mini mindful moments,” in which repetition is the key. Mindful moments, multiple times a day, creates a continuous flow of wellness. This leads to improved attention, emotional regulation, and creates a sense of calm, which can significantly reduce anxiety and stress.

So, if you are looking for a way to enhance your child’s everyday experiences through something new like mindfulness, join us! Kids for Kids Summer Camp will be held July 10 through July 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Fanwood at Forest Road Park and on Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Clark at the Clark recreation center on Westfield Avenue. Grades Kindergarten through 5 are welcome and the program is open to boys and girls! Cost for the entire week is $235 (includes all materials and handouts, water bottle and each participant will make their own healthy snack every day!)  For more information and registration head to http://mindfulkidsforkids.com/services or http://fanwoodrecreation/summer-camp-programs.  Walk-in registration accepted at Clark Recreation – Attn Ralph Bernado.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Annette Ferrigno at 917-865-9577 or Marissa Mastrocola at 908-821-7818.  You can also send an email to mindfulkidsforkids@gmail.com or annetteferrignolcsw@icloud.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter @ KidsforKids_ and Instagram @ mindfulkidsforkids to keep up to date with all our events and mindful tips.

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