Generosity Begins with You

GenerosityBy Patti Ward, M.Ed.

December can easily be seen as a month of great generosity. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition for ‘generosity’ is: the quality of being kind and generous. The meaning of ‘generous’ is to show a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected. What’s your definition of generosity?

There is actually a “Science of Generosity Initiative” at the University of Notre Dame. In their ...

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My Journey to Mindful Parenting


by Cheryl Blackington

Imagine bringing mindfulness into your parenting journey. Imagine finding a source of peace and acceptance with yourself and your kids, even at the worst of times. Imagine being able to take a breath and pause before you react in an unhelpful way. Imagine developing a self-care ritual so you don’t feel so overwhelmed and so stressed. Parents have a huge impact ...

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Why Schools Need Mindfulness

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by Patti Ward

I have been in the field of education for over 35 years. Over those years I have witnessed schools becoming much more complex, more expectations for both teachers and students, and more pressured filled as each year has passed. Administrators, teachers and students are pretty much exhausted at the end of a school year. Higher expectations, ...

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First Mindfulness Family Day

Planting Seeds

by Patti Ward, Mindful Schools Certified Instructor

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. -Robert Lewis Stevenson

I am very happy to report that we had a wonderful first family day. It was an opportunity for parents to participate in mindfulness activities with their children. We learned about some of the brain science behind ...

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Planting Seeds

Planting Seeds

by Patti Ward

On May 21st we will be offering our first Mindfulness Family Day, we hope you will be able to attend. It is open to anyone who has attended any of our children and teen classes or to anyone new to mindfulness and would just like to check it out. Parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings all are welcome.

Sometimes teaching mindfulness ...

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How I Teach My Kids Mindfulness

by April Hadley, MSW

“How do you teach your kids to practice mindfulness meditation?”April-Hadley-300x225

This is one of the most common questions I am asked when people find out that I teach mindfulness meditation for a living. I am often met with a look of confusion when I answer, “I don’t teach my kids how to practice meditation.”

Let me explain. But before I do, what is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the simple practice of training ...

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Mindful Parents Know How to Do One Thing

by April Hadley

What does it mean to be a mindful parent?

Is a mindful parent unusually kind? Is a mindful parent unusually happy? Is a mindful parent unusually patient? A mindful parent may be some of these things some of the time, but they are also something more. Rather, they practice something more.

This practice will help you become a wiser and more discerning parent.
It will help you become a calmer and less reactive parent.
It will help you let go ...

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