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Tips for Working Moms

Categories: Parenting 101|

As a working mother, life can often feel like a balancing act. You have to stay on top of your career and your work responsibilities, and you also need to support your kids and spend quality time with them. They won’t be little forever! If you’ve been struggling to wear “mom” and “employee” hats at the same time lately, these tips should help. Keep a Running To-Do List Many working moms struggle with a constant list of tasks running through their heads. This makes it really difficult to focus on whatever you are doing in the moment. It limits your productivity and keeps you from actually enjoying the time you spend [...]

Expressing Empathy

Categories: Mindfulness Parenting For All, Parenting 101|

Knowing the right ways to show empathy and compassion can serve as useful emotional tools for parents.  The definition of empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others, while compassion is described as sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. Just because you are not going through something or feeling a certain way does not mean that you cannot empathize and show compassion toward others. Being open-minded to a pain you have never experienced first-hand is one of the most difficult things to do as you cannot draw on your own emotions or anecdotes. Instead, you have to listen attentively to what the person [...]

Tricks and Treats of Parenting

Categories: Parenting 101|

Happy Halloween! This holiday is sure to be filled with fun tricks and tasty treats, along with lots of pumpkins, witches, and black cats. From trick-or-treating to bobbing for apples, there are so many fun ways to celebrate. Here’s a really unique approach: Take a little time to reflect on the tricks and treats of parenting! Here are some parenting “tricks” that will save you a few headaches, along with some of the treats only parents can fully enjoy. Parenting Tricks Good parents always have good tricks up their sleeves Read Familiar Stories at Bedtime Reading is often touted as a way to encourage children to fall asleep. But what if [...]

Learning Better and Faster

Categories: Parenting 101|

The key to learning is first learning how. When we talk about education — whether our own, our children’s or other people’s — we talk a lot about the importance of learning. We talk surprisingly little, though, about how to learn. We fail to address the reasons why learning is hard or wonder if there are things we can do to make learning easier or even more effective. Training your brain to help the learning process along rather than hindering it is a kind of superpower. It is like possessing a magical key to a secret treasure. It can make life richer, more satisfying and more productive. What Is Learning? Learning is the process by which the [...]

Developing Skills for Mindful Parenting

Categories: Mindfulness Parenting For All, Parenting 101|

Parents have a lot to handle these days. Here are some methods for staying sane when things get real. Becoming a parent and having the opportunity to raise a little one of your own is one of the best gifts that life has to offer. Still, as beautiful as the experience is, there’s a lot that goes into parenting that can wear you down until you feel like having a temper tantrum of your own. When it feels like you’re losing control of your emotions, some mindful parenting techniques can help you to dial it back and deal with the situation in a healthy and productive way. Living mindfully is not [...]

Building Emotional Agility

Categories: Mindfulness Parenting For All, Parenting 101|

Reframe how you and your children process feelings to help develop healthy emotional agility. Many people approach their emotional well-being as a zero-sum game. They get it into their heads that the goal is never to feel bad, ever. No bad days, no frustrations, no negative thoughts. If they feel anger, sadness or anxiety at any point in the day, it feels like a failure. That feeling of failure compounds the negativity into a downward spiral, and the day may be shot. This is especially the case for children and their parents. While children remain admirably resilient, they lack the coping skills to manage big emotions, a trait that can be debilitating [...]

Key Strategies to Help Your Child Transition Back to School During a Pandemic

Categories: Parenting 101, Special Needs Parenting, Summer|

Change is hard for all of us. Since the onset of COVID-19 in the spring, we have been in a constant state of flux. Families went from routines and always being on the go to sheltering-in-place in their homes. Overnight, work and education went from outside in, shifting from offices and schools to our kitchen tables. Therapy sessions moved home and telehealth became the new normal. We did kitchen kindergarten and remote therapy for a while before transitioning to summer. Now, as the days grow shorter and the aisles at Target are filled with bright yellow Crayola boxes, it’s time to think about school again. Transitions can mean challenges, especially when [...]

Safe Fun Family Activities During a Summer Pandemic

Categories: Mindfulness Parenting For All|

Develop new fun activities to spend quality time together as a family this summer. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed much about the way we live and relate to others. Social distancing is necessary. A lot of conventional summer family activities, like visiting the local pool or attending summer camp, are out of the question this year. But that doesn’t mean you and your kids have to sit home feeling bored! Here are some fun, relaxing and educational activities the whole family can enjoy without putting anyone at risk. Create a Scavenger Hunt This is a fun way to structure playtime, teach kids independence and incorporate new knowledge. Hide between five to [...]

Transforming Fear into Courage

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Learn how to transform fear into courage with these mindfulness techniques.To feel afraid at times is normal — everyone experiences fear.Learning tools to deal with fear will allow you and your child a stronger voice in life. Fear is an emotion that can help us be cautious. Parents can help kids feel safe and learn to feel at ease.According to Focus on Family Canada, “As a child matures, old fears are overcome, and new fears arise to take their place. Interestingly, children of similar ages tend to share similar types of fears.”Focus on Family breaks down fears in children according to the age group:Infants and toddlers — fear of separation from parent, [...]

Apps to Help With Anxiety, Sleep, and Relaxation

Categories: Mindfulness Parenting For All|

Apps can be a priceless tool. Imagine your child having a coping skill in their pocket that can bring harmony and presence at home or in the classroom. Meditation apps are fostering great results, they can help young ones calm down and help improve focus and concentration. Many environments can be overstimulating. Mindfulness apps can help reduce the effects by calming the mind. If your child is dealing with social anxiety or mental health-related symptoms or disorders such as ADHD, apps can be very beneficial to aid in the reduction of symptoms. In many cases, all that is needed is a quiet room, a soothing voice to guide them, and the [...]

Amazing Summer Family Activities to Try Right Now

Categories: Mindfulness Parenting For All, Parenting 101, Special Needs Parenting, Summer|

Ah, summer. It’s the season for outdoor fun, especially if you have little ones at home. Sometimes simply playing in the yard or taking a walk around the block can be all the entertainment you need on a nice summer day. It is also fun (and often educational) to try some new summer activities. Here are a few suggestions to keep everyone interested and engaged. Go Berry Picking Find a local farm offering you-pick strawberries, blueberries, or cherries. (Avoid picking raspberries or blackberries with little ones because these plants contain thorns.) Spend a few hours picking berries, all the while explaining to your kids how berries grow. When you get home, [...]

Learn How You Can Rock as a Father with These Simple Tips

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Learn how you can rock as a father with these simple tips. As a father, you want what is best for your child. You know you cannot always be perfect. But you want the decisions you make, the actions you take, and the ways you treat your children to make them feel loved and supported. How can you absolutely rock as a father in the 21st century?  Make Family Time a Priority The number one way to be an amazing father is to simply be there. You are thinking of your children while earning money to support them and shopping to put food on the table. But they also need your physical [...]