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Mindfulness for the Family

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Mindfulness for the Family

There is definitely a summer-y feel in the air these days! The weather is still very changeable but I am really enjoying the sunny moments and I’m making sure I get some natural vitamin D as much as I can!  For the month of May I am swimming in the sea every day to raise money for the homeless charity here, the Simon Community. Sea swimming has grown hugely in popularity here in Ireland during the pandemic for a few reasons. The slowing down and stopping of life for so many of us now over a year ago meant that...

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Mindfulness vs. Meditation

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Mindfulness vs. Meditation

The terms mindfulness and meditation are buzz words here in the West at the minute. We hear that they are good for us and can help us cope with our stressful lives but both terms are used interchangeably so are mindfulness and meditation the same thing? No they’re not, in my experience and opinion, and I’m going to explain it to you what I think they mean. In my experience and my understanding mindfulness is, as I have said before, awareness. Being mindful is simply being aware of what is happening when it is happening. When we are mindfully colouring...

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Book of the Month: All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism

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Book of the Month: All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism

"Nobody gets me, Mama!"In All My Stripes, Zane the zebra feels different from the rest of his classmates. He worries that all they notice about him is his "autism stripe." With the help of his Mama, Zane comes to appreciate all his stripes — the unique strengths that make him who he is!Includes a Reading Guide with additional background information about autism spectrum disorders and a Note to Parents and Caregivers with tips for finding support.Foreword by Alison Singer, President, Autism Science Foundation. Review This book is an excellent resource for teachers, parents, and other caregivers as they teach children about...

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Practicing Mindfulness with the Family

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Practicing Mindfulness with the Family

We have touched on some of the benefits of practicing mindfulness for mothers in a past blog so I want to go a little bit deeper into what mindfulness can bring into your life, as a parent and as a member of a family unit. We have been spending huge amounts of time at home with our families this past year, mindfulness will help you to really make that time count. If you learn techniques and skills to help relax and destress as a family unit you can remind each other of these skills and tricks in stressful situations. If...

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Communicating with a Toddler Who Doesn’t Listen

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Communicating with a Toddler Who Doesn’t Listen

Communicating with a Toddler Who Doesn’t Listen Frustrated when your child disobeys on purpose? Learn how to communicate with a toddler who doesn’t listen and encourage cooperation instead. “Felix, we’re walking this way. Would you like to join us?” I ask my toddler. I see his eyes darting, looking at all the options. “No.” Simple and short and he runs the exact opposite way we are going… “Felix, we already went that way. Shall we try this way?” I plead, trying to use logic on an 18 month old. “No.” He looks pretty confident that we can both do what ever we want...

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