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Mindfulness Stress Reduction Tips for Moms and Dads

First, let’s look at what stress is and where it comes from: everyday things like traffic noise, or rare events like illness or divorce (called stressors). Stress is part of our lives, and we can learn to reduce its harmful effects by becoming aware of how we are reacting in the moment. Learning and practicing …
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Mindfulness for the Family

Mindfulness activities for family

Ah!  Summer… it’s finally here. And it feels so good. Summer has always symbolized “freedom” from schedules for me. But summer can also get very busy, very fast. Summer schedules can sometimes feel crazier than fall schedules! (Hence the big sigh of relief when school starts). We get so busy with summer camps, vacations, and …
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Mindfulness Hikes: Why Wouldn’t We?

Mindfulness hiking in Vancouver

Research has shown, and is continuing to show, the healing and restorative power of nature. Studies have found that spending time in nature can, amongst other things, increase wellbeing; help alleviate stress, anxiety and depression; promote creativity; assist with recovery from mental fatigue; help restore attention; boost the brain’s ability to think; and stimulate the …
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Mindfulness Training: Developing Emotional Literacy in Young Kids

Developing emotional intelligence

When you teach kids … how to recognize their feelings, understand where they come from and learn how to deal with them, you teach them the most essential skills for their success in life. …Additional data concludes that “young people with high EQ [emotional intelligence] earn higher grades, stay in school, and make healthier choices. Psychology Today, …
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Mindfulness Classes for 6 to 8-Year-Olds, Part 2: More Mindful Games

Mindfulness classes for kids

As we learned in Part 1 “Mindfulness Classes for 6 to 8-Year-Olds: Tips for Getting Started,” we can cultivate in our children present-moment awareness (mindfulness) by engaging their imaginations in mindful activities. Play-based mindful activities create a positive association in our children’s brains with the mindfulness skills they are learning. Mindfulness games and activities help …
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Mindfulness Classes for 6 to 8-Year-Olds: Tips for Getting Started

Mindfulness classes for kids

I’m currently teaching mindfulness to children aged 6 to 8, and find that teaching mindfulness to young kids is so rewarding because they teach me as much as I teach them. Have you ever wondered what a mindfulness class for kids in Kindergarten to Grade 3 would look like in action? What happens when we …
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Mindful Conflict Resolution Tips for Kids, Teens and Parents

Mindful conflict resolution

“He started it!” “Did not!” “Did too!” Conflict and conflicting opinions are a part of life, and younger kids may have an exchange similar to the one above. When my older daughter was preteen, I used to get an eye roll every time (or at least it felt like every time) I would say something …
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Mindfulness for Performance Success

Being mindful is not a matter of thinking more clearly about experience; it is the act of experiencing more clearly. philosopher, neuroscientist and educator, Sam Harris. Mindfulness is a powerful tool for achieving better results in every venue of performance—sport, business, music, and the performing arts. Mindfulness training reduces performance anxiety (also known as “stage …
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