Mindful Kids

What is mindfulness? That depends on whom you ask! Here is a definition by John Kabat-Zin, Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts. “Mindfulness is the opposite of being on autopilot.“ Specifically, mindfulness is: Paying attention on purpose In the moment While being nonjudgmental The thing we are…
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Goals increase success

How many goals do you have? You may have a personal goal, health goals, educational goals, work goals, or even financial goals. You likely know that setting goals increases performance. It also increases your likelihood of success. But did you know that goals can also increase happiness? Goals make us…
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Parenting brain growth

Neuroscientists say that the effect of good parenting goes beyond an emotional or psychological impact. It has biochemical impacts on the brain. Let’s find out how. Wiring and pruning Every brain has the same basic parts. Yet each brain is ‘wired’ differently.This wiring is the connection between different areas of the…
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Who needs sleep?

We need sleep. Sleep. We know we need it. We know it’s good for us. But did you know that helping your child develop healthy sleep patterns is one of the most important things you can do for them? There is an incredible body of research around the importance of…
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The benefits of listening

Listening and hearing are different Here’s a strange fact: if you record your baby crying and then play it back to them, they don’t get upset. They listen, but they are fine. If you play the sound of another baby crying, your baby will get upset. That example helps illustrate…
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Talking to the kids

Lost in translation… Have you ever tried to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak your language? It can become an entertaining game of charades or a confusing and frustrating mess. The same is true of our kids. Language can be a frustrating barrier for them. Most preschool kids who have…
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Conflict is inevitable

Conflict happens Most of us know that conflict is inevitable, especially with kids. One study found that when you look at parent/toddler interactions, there is a conflict every three minutes. So if conflict is a normal part of life, what’s the big deal?   The bad news The big deal…
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Emotion Coaching

Expressing emotions Kids who are able to express their emotions build stronger friendships and solve problems more easily. They are better prepared for learning and collaborating environments like school and work. Adults play a role in teaching kids how to manage their emotions. Because like any other skill, coaching and…
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