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4 Steps to Help Your Child Defeat Procrastination (Illustrated)

4 min read “I’ll clean my room tomorrow!” “It’s not due until next week!” “I’ll do my chores later!” They insist. They persuade. They don’t act. Watching your kids go through the self-destructive process of procrastination can be extremely painful. Your options are to either do nothing, watching the whole, all-to-familiar scenario unfold, help out, […]

ThoughtBuster: Lean Into Your Negative Thoughts

This week’s ThoughtBuster–a short illustrated exercise used to kick a negative thought to the curb–is inspired by the work of Brené Brown. Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, has spent her career studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. In her eye-opening TED Talk, The Power of Vulnerability, Brené discusses a common tendency to try to numb […]

Thoughtbuster: Locate Your Negative Thought and Yank it Out!

Have you ever wondered where your emotions live inside your body? Sounds a little strange, huh? This is what a group of researchers out of Finland recently asked 700 volunteers. Specifically, they were asked to indicate on a human silhouette where they felt various emotions within their body. The results were remarkably consistent across cultures and can be seen […]

Taking a Child from Cranky To Calm – 6 Strategies

From road rage to Black Friday brawls, even adults occasionally struggle with regulating their emotions. After all, the world can be a stressful, confusing and overwhelming place. Now imagine being a toddler faced with the same challenges, except your brain lacks the ability to help you calm these unpleasant feelings. As humans transition from infancy […]

How Mindful Children React Differently to Challenges (Illustrated)

Growing up, I was a bit of a firecracker. I reacted quickly to situations and never hesitated to express my “passionate” opinions. This often led to hurt feelings. I remember once, after a heated discussion with my brother, he asked my parents to put a coffee filter over my mouth to “keep the yucky stuff inside.” My […]