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Expert Tips On Mindful Parenting (For Everything Motherhood Throws At You)

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17. Encourage Free Play
Free play is always important and can be incredibly healing during times of trauma. Dr. Kuzirian explained, "This is unstructured play where children lead and decide what they want to do. They have complete creative control. Control, something they have had none of during a crisis, so what a nourishing experience for them. A lot of wonderful stuff happens when children get to engage in free play. For our purposes here, this play is useful because it helps children process their feelings about stressful situations, and express them in a safe place. It’s how they heal. Sit down and join them or remain close by, listen for patterns such as being scared, rescued, death, loss, helping and other themes related to the crisis."