Make Every Day Earth Day

The sunshine, the breeze, the cool morning dew. There’s probably a reason that they make Earth Day during Springtime. It seems to be the time that the Earth really shows off. Now more than ever, it is important to treat our Mother Earth with respect and love. Here are some tips to help you enjoy Mother Earth and all of her beauty through mindfulness.

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Emily Behr
Cabin Fever

“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” 

— JON KABAT-ZINN

Guys, this week, I hit my limit. I am ready for winter to make it's exit. I am over the sickness, over the freezing cold, the rain, and the grey skies. Cabin fever +  kids don't make for a great mix in our home and tensions can get pretty high. If you're feeling the same way, I have a little mindfulness exercise for you. 

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Reclaim Gratitude

IS IT JUST ME, OR DOES IT SEEM LIKE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON IS MAKING AN APPEARANCE SO MUCH EARLIER THIS YEAR?

One second, I am trick-or-treating with my kids and watching the leaves turn, then, I blink, and Christmas music is playing and I am surrounded by holiday decorations. I must say, I LOVE Christmas music and I am all for it (if you know me, you know I program my car presets to play Christmas music as early as possible.) However, it worries me that Thanksgiving is not even a consideration, outside of what to eat and where we need to travel to make sure we check our “family time” boxes.

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Power's Out, Fun's ON!

We have a big storm coming. Hurricane Florence is forecast to pack a punch in the Triangle starting Thursday - and schools already have announced early releases and closings. That means many of us will be cooped up inside with kids for more than a few days.

So I checked in with some local experts to get some ideas for indoor activities that you can do - even with the lights out.

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Emily Behr
6 Tips to Help Ease Your Child’s Fear of Storms

Yesterday in class, a student comes up to me with wide-eyes and a very serious look on her face. “The flood is coming,” she says.

“Oh, it’s okay,” I say quickly, not wanting to start a class-wide discussion about the impending storm.

But then, I started to think, how do we talk to our kids about storms? How do we keep them calm when we are also racked with fear about what could happen?

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Littlest Teacher

My daughter is sitting on the potty, singing her favorite song from the Muppets soundtrack, "I've got everything that I need, right in front of meee...." 

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Emily Behr
Mindfulness in the Noise

I was not necessarily the best kid. I was dramatic and had a desperate need to fit in. I felt the constant pull of expectations from others and myself. As I grew older, mindfulness and movement helped me put things into perspective. I started to realize that we are all connected. That the world does not revolve around me. (Can I get an AMEN?!) 

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Emily Behr
Super Heros In Training

Every parent/guardian/care giver knows kids encounter sleepless nights, mood swings, trepidation for unexpected outcomes as they move to learn and understand the world. And, as they are moving to develop language and understand emotion they cannot label, there can be internal confusion. Mindfulness can be a powerful tool in empowering children of all ages to feel comfortable within their bodies, settling their thoughts, and taking action with intention. Some would even call it a superpower. And, face it, in this day and age, who doesn't couldn't use a little super power to help get through.

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Emily Behr