Relaxation Tools

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 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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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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Re-Write the “Monster Under the Bed” Story

The Monster Under Your Bed is Just a Story In Your Head by Lisa Wimberger Loving this new book by Lisa Wimberger, founder of the Neurosculpting Institute, (  It’s perfect for introducing kids to neuroliteracy, the study of brain science and how it can be applied to create an empowering, self-regulated, and emotionally balanced life. …

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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 we, as parents, caregivers, educators or therapists can be a support to nurture and nourish …

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relaxation Story: Flowers, Butterflies, Rainbows and More!

I recently was invited into first grade to share some relaxation practice after recess.  As you can imagine, the energy was high and distracted, with students buzzing around the room like bees.  So, I invited them to be the “very best bee they could be” and buzz right into their imagination for a relaxation story! …

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Calm Monkey Mind Corner

Calm Monkey Mind Corner

It’s getting towards the end of the school year in my district.  We are wrapping things up, saying goodbye to a year that passed so swiftly, and sending our fifth graders on to the larger horizon of middle school.  Even my own daughter, Maiya, is graduating from high school! (a fact that is bittersweet for …

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Ladybird’s Remarkable Relaxation

Ladybird’s Remarkable Relaxation

Here’s another fun book produced by Singing Dragon:  Ladybird’s Remarkable Relaxation by Michael Chissick and Sarah Peacock.  I love how they champion relaxation practice!  This is a wonderful resource for parents, therapists and educators. “Based on anecdotal evidence alone it is clear that relaxation can help to:   Calm busy minds and young nervous systems; which …

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RELAXATION TOOL: Emotional Freedom Technique for Kids

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an awesome tool to help kids return to calm. I was in a NYC workshop with Gabrielle Bernstein, author of Miracles Now and May Cause Miracles, a week ago.  She introduced us to EFT Specialist and CoFounder of , Lori Leyden.  Lori shared her experiences using EFT to release …

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