Traditions

What is a tradition? What do you think of when you hear the word ‘tradition’? Do you think of a Thanksgiving Turkey or piñata on your child’s birthday? The world is filled with a beautiful mix of intriguing traditions.   A tradition is said to be the passing on of…
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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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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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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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Optimists for the win!

The optimists We all know someone who is an optimist. Maybe you are an optimist! Optimism is feeling hopeful or confident that things will go well in the future. It is the belief that better days are coming, things will work out, that the future is bright. Optimists can be annoyingly cheerful,…
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Naming Feelings

Brain Development Would you be surprised to learn that 2/3 of brain development happens after we are born? And did you know that brain development plays a role in temper tantrums? Here’s why. Each part of the brain has a different function (or functions).  Most tasks need us to use…
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