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Compassion & Forgiveness

Compassion & Forgiveness

Compassion and Forgiveness I’ve been thinking a lot about compassion throughout this pandemic. How we all are quicker to become dysregulated and how it is also taking longer to return to a state of regulation. How this means that we need to have compassion for others...

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Supporting Your Child with School Reopening

Supporting Your Child with School Reopening

During this transition to Phase 2 as schools being to reopen their buildings, it can be challenging to support our children when we have so many questions and feelings ourselves. Some of you may choose not to send your child(ren). If your child(ren) will...

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Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week

May 4 - 10, 2020 is Mental Health Week. During this time of shelter-in-place, looking after our mental health is more needed and more challenging than ever. I created this infographic as a simple visual reminder of four ways we can support our well-being. If you find...

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How Are You Doing?

How Are You Doing?

How are you doing? How are you and your family in this time of COVID 19? How I am doing is a pretty mixed bag to be honest. Short answer is, I’m okay. The longer answer is more complex – I’m feeling grateful, worried, nervous, unfocused, unsettled, content, peaceful…...

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My Family’s Favourite Board Games

My Family’s Favourite Board Games

I hope you and your family are well and managing with this new world as it emerges. The unknown and unpredictable nature of our current world is creating lots of anxiousness. You may be trying to comfort your children, find activities to keep them occupied and make...

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Can Rewards Change Behaviour?

Can Rewards Change Behaviour?

Offering rewards – as in “get good marks in school and I will buy you a new toy/game” – is an oft used parenting strategy. The question is, does it actually work? Research shows that for mundane, repetitive tasks, rewards do work. For more complex tasks where nuanced...

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Listening With Intention

Listening With Intention

Listening with intention to our children is critical. If we want our children to know that they are seen, then we need to listen with intention. Not just hear their words, but also be fully present and engaged in the process of listening. Mindful listening and active...

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Beyond Flight, Fight, Freeze

Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. She spent years telling people that stress was bad for them; that stress would increase their risk of experiencing all sorts of minor and major...

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Resources

Below are some websites, resource books for parents, children’s books, and other resources

that I have used and recommend.

 

Websites

http://heartmindonline.org

Heart-Mind Online is a website developed by the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education offering social and emotional learning resources for parents and professionals. Has activities that you can do with your family or students.

http://www.kidsinthehouse.com

Kids In the House is a site for parents and caregivers with over 9000 videos from over 450 experts including doctors, psychologists, therapists, authors, parents, and caregivers, offering tips and advice on raising children. Most videos are about 2 minutes long. Covers ages birth to post high school.

http://www.casel.org

This is the website of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning which was founded by Daniel Goldman, Linda Lanetiri and in 1990. CASEL is the leading authority on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). According to CASEL, “Social and emotional learning (SEL) enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges.” The SEL framework that CASEL uses has five competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

http://self-compassion.org

This is Dr. Kristin Neff’s website. Dr. Neff is one of the leading experts on self-compassion. There are guided meditations that you can download as well as self-compassion exercises on her site.

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu

Greater Good is the online magazine of The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) which is based at the University of California, Berkeley, Bringing together research and practice, GGSC studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills to encourage and thriving and resilient society.

http://mindfulnessforteens.com

Dr. Dzung Vo, the author of The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time (New Harbinger, 2015), offers an introduction to mindfulness that is youth-friendly. Dr. Vo is also a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, and clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, Canada.

Books for Parents

Brainstorm, Dr. Dan Siegel

Permission to Feel, Dr. Marc Brackett

Self-Compassion, Dr. Kirstin Neff

The Gift of Failure, Jessica Lahey

The Mindful Child, Susan Kaiser Greenland

The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time, Dr. Dzung Vo

The Whole Brain Child, Dr. Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Books for Children and Youth

Some of these books are on practices you can do with children and youth while others are fiction books that provide opportunities to discuss emotions, perspective-taking, identity and other social and emotional skills.

A Boy and A Bear, Lori Lite

A Fish in a Tree, Lynda Mullaly Hunt 

Guts, Raina Telgemeier

Mindful Games, Susan Kaiser Greenland

Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer

Peaceful Piggy Meditation, Kerry MacLean

Sitting Still Like a Frog; Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents), Eline Snel

Smile, Raina Telgemeier

The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time, Dr. Dzung Vo

The Way I Feel, Janan Cain

Walter Was Worried, Laura Vacarro Seeger

Wonder, R. J. Palacio

Other resources

http://sarbglaze.com

Sarb takes amazing and authentic family photos. Her mission is “to help you preserve the way you love, the way you laugh, and capture the best version of you today so that the images we create together will mark this incredible stage in your life forever.” Sarb also donates 5% of your session purchase to Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders (MSF).

Get the Becoming a Truly Compassionate Parent Workbook

Download your free guide and workbook to learn what it means to be a truly compassionate parent. Use the workbook prompts and reflection questions to identify how you can apply this to your life and unique circumstances.

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