Families of Washington County with youth 4th grade-8th grade are invited to participate in the “Mindful Families” program on Mondays in April.
Washington County Extension and Outreach in partnership with YMCA of Washington County and Washington Public Library can deliver this program for free to families of Washington County thanks to funding from Jefferson/Keokuk/Van Buran/Washington Decategorization Board.
The course is free with a free meal, free childcare for children 1-year-old – to 3rd grade, and free transportation if needed. The program will be held at the Washington County Extension Office from 6 pm-7:30 pm on April 3, 10, 17, and 24. Families who attend all four sessions will also receive a free family gift to support mindful activities in their homes.
Designed by Iowa 4-H, this healthy living program is an engaging four-session series that includes practical mindfulness strategies for adults and youth to work together to manage stress and difficult emotions. Lessons help to improve overall well-being, relationships, and performance in daily activities. This program is for parents and youth to work together to learn about mindfulness and how to incorporate it into routine home activities.
According to MindfulSchools.org, mindfulness practice can help decrease stress and anxiety and strengthen resilience and emotional regulation for both adults and youth. These mindful practices support the priorities of Iowa 4-H in caring about the health and wellness of communities and youth.
Registration deadline is March 20 while space is available. First come, first serve with online registration at https://tinyurl.com/4HMindfulFamilies. Contact the Washington County Extension Office, 319-653-4811, with questions or assistance registering online.