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Health & Wellbeing

When keeping the body in health and vigor, one walks in the way of the Eternal. 

Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Deot 4:1

 

More than previous generations, our children came to parenting with an awareness of the importance of health, fitness, mindfulness, and an overall sense of wellbeing. Whether it’s through family yoga, sitting in conscious silence, or naming their feelings, grandparents can help guide children toward self-awareness and a sense of calm. When it comes to nurturing healthy bodies, the opportunities for family physical activities are as varied as our tastes and traditions—from hiking to Israeli folk dance, from freeze tag to Rosh Hashanah apple-picking.

 

As we teach young people, in the Jewish way, to show kindness and respect toward others and the world, there are many ways that grandparents can help their grandchildren practice the value of k’vod atzmi — self-respect — that entail kindness toward their own growing bodies and minds.

 

Explore more about why grandparenting is good for us and good for our grandchildren.

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I am the Tree of Life Yoga

In this 10-minute yoga session Rabbi Mychal Copeland connects easy yoga poses to our Torah stories.

Boomer Lullabies

Singing lullabies to our grandchildren links the memories of our past to the joys of the moment. Remember your favorite Boomer lullabies. But don’t forget those our grandparents sang to us.

Mindfulness Activities for Grandparents and their Grandchildren

Learn how we can be fully present with our grandchildren and make our time together more meaningful, joyful, and relaxed.

The Cognitive Benefits of Creating Art with Your Grandchildren

Psychologist and expert in family life Dr. Gina Touch Mercer explores how we can elevate art to advance the emotional and cognitive wellbeing of both grandparents and grandchildren.

Why Grandparenting Is Good for Us and Our Grandkids

Have you noticed that when grandparents get together we love to share photos of our always-adorable grandchildren?

Calming Breathing Exercises for Children

We all — including our grandchildren — experience anxiety, at different levels of intensity. Cultivating a daily simple mindfulness practice can help.