Tag: Gratitude

Moments for Movement and Mindfulness this Holiday Season

Guest Post by Shira Ackerman, Director of Education and Research for GoNoodle With Thanksgiving approaching and the holiday season coming soon after, we at GoNoodle know that many parents and teachers seek ways to help their children and students give thanks, offer gratitude, and find time to reflect on the gifts that really matter. As …

On National PTA Blog… “Element of a Confident Parent — Looking for the Good!”

Nagging Not Changing Behaviors with your Kids? Instead, Try This… The article begins… Though the sunshine sparkles through the yellow leaves during these beautiful Fall days, there is less light in the morning and evening. And we’ve been doing this school thing for a few months now. We’ve poured it on and now we are …

The Birth Stories of Two Parents

Our lives are forever changed by the birth of a baby. That event or more accurately, process also signifies the birth of a parent. For every new parent, it’s a completely unique experience. But commonly, that birth can also bring us to the brink of death — whether physical, emotional or both — and can …

Bringing Gratitude to Thanksgiving

“I have amazing friends,” “I am grateful for our home and our community,” and “Grateful for E and Dad’s day in nature.” These were some of my son’s reflections that showed up in our Thanksgiving tree where we write notes on each day of the month of November to share what we are grateful for …

Meet My New Friends, Adam and Wuf Shanti – A Focus on Mindfulness

Interview with Adam Avin and his dog, Wuf Shanti I have been so inspired by getting to know Adam Avin, fourteen-year-old founder of Wuf Shanti. At twelve years of age, Adam drew a dog character with a grand vision that he could inspire youth to live with gratitude and kindness. That small idea has grown …

Deck the Halls with Mental Well-Being

Managing Our Own Seasonal Stress Just Might Be the Greatest Gift of All My son burst into tears as his friends waited at our door to play. He had fallen up our stairs and gashed his shin on the metal rims of the hall steps. I plopped on the floor to comfort him and as …

Cultivating Family Gratitude Means Nurturing Family Well-Being

If you worry and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings. – Count your Blessings, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, 1942 It’s true. People who think about what they are grateful for do sleep better at night. Psychologists have done research on gratefulness and found that …

Understanding the Emotions of Our Teens

The top challenge and priority for parenting, said U.S. parents from the 2015 NBC Parenting Survey, was patience and understanding.1 That ability can become a particular challenge as children move into their teenage years. They are striving for independence yet are still very much dependent on you for your guidance, love, and support. Their bodies …

Appreciating Our Child’s Influencers – Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Teachers, Coaches

What would our family life be like without teachers, coaches, and loving relatives? Whether we refer to other caring adults in our child’s life as our village or not, he or she has a community of adults who act as influencers. These individuals are either unpaid or underpaid for the critical roles they play in …

Our Common Ground – Winter Solstice Traditions Celebrate Light

So the shortest day came, and the year died, And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world Came people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees; They hung their homes with evergreen; They burned beseeching fires all night long To keep the year alive, And when the …