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Tes focus on…Mindful parenting

With studies suggesting that seeing the world from a baby’s perspective can have a huge impact on helping learning to stick once they reach school, Chris Parr speaks to psychologist Elizabeth Meins about how the technique of ‘mind-mindedness’ could also be beneficial for teachers

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How would you rate your ability to see the world from your pupils’ perspective? Are you able to “tune in” to their viewpoint, to consider their wants and needs, and interact with them in a way that takes their position into account?

It is a big ask, particularly for teachers with hundreds of different people passing through their classroom each week.

In a family context, though, this is often far more achievable. And, according to research, the extent to which parents practise so-called “mind-mindedness” with their children can have a huge impact on how they perform in school. Yet, despite ...

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