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positive psychology child development

positive psychology child development

Positive psychology is one of the numerous practices to help your children build character. It can be a helpful approach, especially during their early years of development. Positive psychology focuses on achieving genuine happiness and the person’s ability to improve themselves and their life. This approach has some benefits for parents too. Positive psychology fosters; …

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One-Minute Relaxer: Icicle/Puddle Game

One minute relaxers are relaxation techniques that can be completed in one minute or less. If you like, spending some time playing games on sites such as http://162.213.250.60/baccarat-online/ is a great stress-reliever and it can promote relaxation. During busy times it is even more important than usual that relaxation techniques be easy to implement, quick …

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Brain Train

Helping kids with executive functioning challenges can take one part instruction, one part practice, one part mindfulness and  one part patience.  For the instruction part, I have created fun visual aids to support kids with their learning and understanding of how their brains work. Within the school I work, every grade is using the In-Focus …

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Relaxing With Otters

Relaxing With Otters As I was walking down the hallway in my school today, I encountered the MOST precious sight.  The kindergarten class had just finished art and was parading their otter artwork back to class.  Apparently they had watched the YouTube video on the book Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller ( https://youtu.be/AKzM3CZoWqY ).   I …

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Labyrinth: A Journey into Relaxation

Labyrinth: A Journey into Relaxation

Walking the Path This past summer I had the opportunity to visit the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth to walk it for the third time. Giant in size, it is a walk of heart. In fact, the first time I set foot on it, I was unexplainably moved to tears. Labyrinths have long since been used as …

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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 not in charge of when they grow.  It keeps me in “seed planting mode” rather …

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Balancing Stones

When my daughters and I traveled to the Northern coast of Scotland last summer, we visited the enchanting village of Findhorn.  Findhorn is an Ecovillage that became famous in the 1970’s when founders, Eileen and Peter Caddy with Dorothy McClean, parked their RV in the dunes and began to transform piles of sand into thriving …

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Forest of Calm

It’s back to school time and the perfect time to practice relaxation techniques with your kids!  Recently, the first graders and I created a “Forest of Calm” through the Vrksasana yoga pose, or “tree pose.” All of the kids gathered together to assume the tree poses and linked arms to create our forest. Your Forest …

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Presence in Parenting Part One

I’ve recently been diving into a little book by Thich Nhat Hanh called True Love, and it’s become an inspiration for my parenting, my work in the schools as well as the connections and relationships in my life.  In the book, he talk about the four elements of love according to Buddhism:  maitri, karuna, mudita, …

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