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Bedtime Relaxation Routine

A consistent, predictable, calming bedtime relaxation routine can make the difference of a good night’s sleep or not. Our brains and nervous systems thrive on predictability and routine in order to reach a state of calm. And, the more we … Continue reading

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Kids’ Zen Garden

Zen, in Japanese, means meditation. So essentially Zen Gardening is using gardening to calm the mind and body, enhance focus, and contemplate the metaphors within it that are linked to living life. My kids loved to play in the sand … Continue reading

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Barefoot in the Grass

This past week has been challenging to say the least. Riding the waves of change while getting a routine and consistency in place is a delicate balancing act! Now more than ever, is the time for relaxation practice, grounding, centering … Continue reading

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The Relaxation Journey

Passport to Relaxation Building upon the positive passport theme, I created a Relaxation Passport for use in my small groups.  Each week as we practice a new relaxation tool, we put a stamp in our booklet–to denote our travel to … Continue reading

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Slow Like a Sloth

  This week in small group we are studying SLOTHS!   Until we slow down in the moment, and during life in general, relaxation practice isn’t effective or even very possible.  Slowing down in the first step in the relaxation response, … Continue reading

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Positive Passport

Did you know that positive thinking is you and your child’s passport to overall health and wellbeing?  This week in my work with students, I’ve created a positive passport activity so that we can begin to shift our thoughts into … Continue reading

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Atmosphere of Wonder

I believe that each of us is born with an inherent natural sense of imagination and a propensity for wonder.  Every child, in their purest essence is a priest of priestess, an alchemist of imagination.  And to the extent that … Continue reading

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Book for a Girl You Love

Yesterday, I received this beautiful gift from a teacher at my school.  This teacher expresses such love and caring for her student, (and, as you can see, for staff as well).  This book, Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and … Continue reading

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Presence in Parenting Part Two

“The most precious gift you can give to the one you love is your true presence.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh When you are mindful of your breathing, you are building a bridge between your mind and body.  And, as Thich Nhat … Continue reading

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Teacher and Parent as Gardener

 You, dear parent, dear teacher… are a Gardener As I am working with kids in one of the many Garden Offices we have, this is one of my most powerful mantras:  I am a gardener, I plant seeds,  I am … Continue reading

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