Posts tagged: Imagination

Imagining Wellbeing with IF

Studies show that around 65% of children develop imaginary friends (IFs) before they are seven. These sometimes quite…

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Kids’ Imaginations

When my children were young, we played all kinds of imaginative games. Sometimes we took our cues from stories we had…

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The Importance of Play

Play is a major part of childhood. Kids run around outside, hiding from one another, racing, or kicking a soccer ball.…

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When Kids See Life as a Quest

My son jumped excitedly from foot to foot as he waited impatiently for the clock to strike midnight. Our local…

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Valentine Spirituality

Every year, my kids’ school does a Valentine fundraiser. Parents and grandparents can purchase pink and red…

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Guided Meditation: Housing Insecurity

Before the pandemic, churches in my city would take turns providing overnight accommodations for persons without…

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Guided Meditation: Healthcare Access

When I was growing up, money was tight. My mom took my siblings and me to the city health clinic for our childhood…

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Guided Meditation: Immigration

A few years ago, our family collected household items to help Afghan refugees relocating to our hometown. A local…

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Dreaming about Racial Equity with Kids

During the Black Lives Matter protests of 2021, my home city (Richmond, VA) struggled with the legacy of several…

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Guided Meditation: Food Insecurity

“Mom, I’m hungry, and there’s nothing to eat!” my 10 year old wailed while staring into a well-stocked…

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Managing Fears with Migration

When my daughter was little, she watched a movie where the mother died.  Afterward, she would become upset every time…

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Dreaming with Wonka

When my eldest was two, she asked if there would be “little meats” for Christmas. I was puzzled and tried…

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Winter Solstice Stories

For the Northern Hemisphere, winter officially begins on December 21st with the marking of the winter solstice. It’s…

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Encouraging Creative Thinking

While hanging out with a babysitter one evening, my children decided to create their own tabletop game. They drew a…

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El Día de Los Muertos

Hobgoblins, witches, and ghosts are staples of Halloween, celebrated with glee by children throughout North America.…

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Movement Meditation: Justice

Children long to make a difference in the world around them. From their earnest commitment to fairness as preschoolers…

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Barbie Spirituality

Outside the movie theater, two young girls are pointing at all the people wearing pink. A group of women observe,…

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Exploring The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess

Fairy tales can play a powerful role in children’s lives. Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen has morphed into…

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Exploring Spirituality with The Little Mermaid

Children have long loved Ariel, the star of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, because of her determination to live her…

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Exploring Fears with Bright Star

Fears are a part of childhood. Whether it’s worries about monsters under the bed, big dogs, loud noises, or parents…

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Connecting with Nature through Apple and Magnolia

One summer, my kids and I planted a small garden. While our cucumbers and zucchini did well, our tomato plants…

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Super Mario Spirituality

The Super Mario Bros. Movie begins with the Nintendo game’s familiar theme music, a siren call to multiple…

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Easter as Spring Celebration

Eggs hidden on windowsills or in the grass. Baskets filled with chocolate bunnies and jelly beans. Pots of tulips,…

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Exploring A Million Views

My daughter loves creating videos. Lego movies inspire stop-action Lego shorts.  Super Bowl halftime shows prompt…

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Helping Children Appreciate Diversity

Cleaning out my daughter’s closet, I found a shadow box she constructed in 1st grade. She and a friend set out to…

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Exploring People Are Wild with Children

“Do they bite?” asked Marcus* when we spotted a family of mule deer during a camping trip. Our group was excited…

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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Reading books about Martin Luther King, Jr. was more than an annual event when my children were young. We had several,…

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Family Solstice Celebrations

When my children were young, a family friend invited us to a winter solstice party. There were sparklers and glow…

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Meditation On Light

The winter months can be hard. Short days and long nights leave us longing for more sunlight. Cold temperatures chill…

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Spiritual Exploration with the Webb Telescope

A friend's 5 year old daughter recently visited our local science museum, where she was mesmerized by the Webb…

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Exploring Power & Perseverance with Minions: The Rise of Gru

The new Minions movie has much of the silliness you expect from the Despicable Me franchise.  We watch as young Gru…

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Exploring Lightyear with Children

As long time fans of Toy Story, my children were excited to learn Buzz’s backstory. They watched as Buzz and Alesha…

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Exploring Magic Candies with Children

Imagine a bag of candies with the power to bring your sofa to life and give voice to falling leaves. Would you want to…

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Celebrating Self-Discovery

As the regular school year draws to a close, many extracurricular programs also pause for the summer. Teachers and…

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Imaginative Play & Spirituality

“Do you have a minute?” asked my daughter’s preschool teacher. “Of course,” I replied, “Is something…

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Taking Flight with The Year We Learned to Fly

Cultural and spiritual heritages are often passed on to new generations through stories and teachings by elders.…

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Caring for the Earth Together

Blowing dandelion seeds, chasing fireflies, and watching caterpillars munch on milkweed - these were some of my…

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Helping Children Set Meaningful Goals

Purpose is an important aspect of a healthy spiritual life. Children have hopes and dreams. They want to make a…

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Spiritual Storytelling with The Last Cuentista

For a book lover like me, one bedtime story often turned into two or three as I tucked my young children in. But I…

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Spiritual Play with Bluey

My sisters and I often engaged in imaginative play when we were growing up. We came up with various pretend situations,…

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Reimagining Spiritual Education

Most of the time, we think of the global pandemic as a terrible time for children and learning. School closures, fights…

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Play & Spirituality

Play is a central part of children’s lives and their spiritual journeys. When they use their bodies to explore the…

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Do Threats of Punishment Serve a Spiritual Purpose?

To Elf or not to Elf? Every December, parents on my social media feeds wrestle with this Christmas conundrum. More than…

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Do Children Believe in Halloween Ghouls?

When my oldest was four, she insisted on dressing up as Pluggie the Fire Plug for Halloween. A staple at neighborhood…

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How Spirituality Shapes Imagination

The other day I spread out a play mat for a friend’s four-year-old son and gave him a few hot wheels. He started the…

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Using Landscape Images in Spiritual Reflection

My youngest child loves Van Gogh’s Starry Night. In fifth grade, he picked out a t-shirt that had Albert Einstein’s…

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Earth Day Spirituality

Nature plays a significant role in spirituality for people of all ages. During the pandemic, many families have found…

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Children’s Invisible Companions

Some children develop imaginary friends to keep them company. Others describe spiritual experiences that feature…

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