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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Think about it

Thoughts, feelings & behaviour There is a funny relationship between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. Each one has an influence on the other two. Looking through photos may remind us of a happy event and give us positive feelings. Thinking through the ‘what-ifs’ of an upcoming holiday may cause us…
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Positivity is positively positive

So why have negative feelings? Inherently we know that everything is better when our kids are feeling positive. They enjoy themselves more. They get along with others. Life feels manageable. Yet our brains are wired to favor negativity. Our kids remember negative events better than positive ones. The ability to…
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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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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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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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In the zone – Flow

Has time ever disappeared? Have you ever been so involved in what you were doing, that time didn’t seem to exist? You may not have felt much of anything while you were occupied. But once you stopped you may have felt positive. This is what psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls…
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