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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘mindfulness’

Schools teaching mindfulness cite improved memory and better behavior

The word “mindfulness” can conjure images of yogis sitting cross-legged on a rug, eyes closed, hands resting on knees, forefingers and thumbs touching. But consider these images: A child taking a moment to breathe instead of lashing out in anger. A child shifting her attention back to the teacher after being distracted for a moment. […]

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“Raising an Entrepreneur” offers tips to nurture a child’s creativity, independence

When business and parenting are mentioned in the same breath, or in the same book, the bottom line usually involves encouraging the parent to employ some type of transactional behavior with the child(ren), such as paying allowances for chores; exchanging money, points, privileges or treats for proper behavior; or — I kid you not — […]

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Local pediatrician, ADHD expert to sign “Marvin’s Monster Diary” books

What’s not for kids to love? Marvin, a rambunctious young monster living on planet Monstearth, and the star of “Marvin’s Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks!” is a cross between Mr. Mucus of Mucinex ad fame, and Digger, TV toenail fungus extraordinaire. Phoenix/Scottsdale behavioral and developmental pediatrician and autism and ADHD expert, Dr. Raun Melmed, created this […]

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Practicing mindfulness benefits all ages

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Phoenix mom Jennifer Martin started practicing mindfulness several years ago when she was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Martin wanted to manage her stress—something which can aggravate the condition. “I tend to be a worrier,” she says. ” I needed to be able to relax.” Martin soon realized the dramatic difference practicing mindfulness could make. The scientific community now recommends practicing […]

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Voices from the Village: Teaching gratitude

Start with understanding the difference between “wants” and “needs.” This semester, my 10-year-old son Nico started attending a new school where he didn’t know anyone well. “Did you sit with anyone at lunch today?” I asked him each day when I picked him up from school. “No, Mom. I don’t have any friends,” he responded. […]

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Mindful eating: Bite by bite, honor the food

What is mindful eating? And in the life of a busy parent during the holiday season, is it an oxymoron? Harvard nutritionist and registered dietitian Lilian Cheung, DSc, RD, who collaborated with the Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh on the book Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, defines mindful eating as “eating with awareness and […]

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Finding my way

I seem to get lost everywhere, even when I know where I’m going…

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