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The Healing Power of Imaginative Play

{Please visit Innerself.com for the audio version of this article} Just as adults benefit from talking about their challenges with friends or a therapist, many children benefit from processing upsetting experiences during pretend play. Perhaps you’ve noticed that when children freely play with blocks, stuffed animals, dolls or action figures, they frequently create pretend worlds. …

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Let children find their flow state of optimal learning

Have you noticed your child focusing so intensely on their activity that they forget about time and can’t hear you call them? They might be in a flow state of optimal learning, the deep concentration children (and adults) often experience during activities they love. Children’s flow state is often overlooked or misunderstood because traditionally we …

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A Master Needs a Dojo: Children Need Places Prepared for Flow States

A dojo is a prepared environment, a training hall, for martial arts practitioners—created with the explicit purpose for them to be in the zone, which is another expression for dropping into flow. Being in the zone makes clear how significantly the flow state is connected to a suitable environment. Flow requires a specific space where …

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Thriving during Transitions from Your Child’s Flow State to What is Next

The intensely positive emotions that come with being in complete command of one’s actions, and the pure joy of being in a flow state, may create difficulty for children when they are interrupted and asked to transition to another activity. FLOW TO LEARN’s parenting advisor Susanne reflects below on what she brings to these moments …

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Parenting Insight: They don’t always need me

Book Excerpt by Flow to Learn contributor Susanne Stover, flow-friendly parenting expert and Oregon-based mother of two marvelous young masters of flow: I deeply love the time my kids and I play together, and of course it’s essential to their well-being and secure attachment. Sometimes to transition away from our special time together, they need …

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Your Child is a Young Master of Flow

Children are young masters of flow and young masters of learning. No matter into which culture they are born, no matter their gender or economic status, for young children, playing and learning feels the same, and flow is perfectly natural. The more children can play freely and spontaneously, the more they learn. The state of …

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