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Mindful Breathing

Here is the scenario (let me know if this sounds familiar): You read an article or book about mindfulness, or listen to yet another podcast about someone who is winning at life and attributes it to his or her meditation practice. You tell yourself, “I’ve GOT to start meditating!” And maybe you do. You wake...
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I was in a meditation class in Costa Rica in December, and the teacher prompted us to “Make clear your mind.” (This was her way of blending English with Spanish grammar in an attempt to tell us to clear our minds.) You’ve probably heard this cue before. “Just clear your mind,” they say. “Let go...
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Article: Do Kids Benefit from Immediate Consequences? By Dr, Kristen Race, Mindful Life mindfullifetoday.com – “When the alarm part of her brain is active, your child cannot effectively learn how to self-discipline.” (Mindful Parenting course now enrolling!)

Most parents have the notion that a consequence needs to be given immediately following a child’s misbehavior so that the child understands that what she’s done is unacceptable. Do you find yourself threatening to take away screen time for months as soon as you catch your daughter hiding under the covers with her iPad? Or...
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It’s that time of year again … after some of us indulged our way through the holidays, it’s time to step away from the can of frosting and chart our course for a healthier 2017. But there’s an annual disconnect between our good intentions for the year ahead and the choices we make once the...
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Imagine this all-too-familiar scenario… You are at your desk, entering the last few details into a proposal/contract. You’re already running late to present this proposal to an important client. You finish! Now you need only print out two copies, and you’ll be on your way. You click print and the printer shows it’s offline. You...
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Surviving Homework

Homework Routine – Video from Kristen Race on Vimeo. When I speak to groups of parents one of the most common concerns that comes up is the family stress caused by burgeoning amounts of homework. A recent study by Scholastic found that the number one reason kids over the age of eight stop reading for...
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