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.Read More
American Tobacco is partnering with American Underground-based wellness startup, Growga, to launch a series of free, family events on the campus’ famed and beloved amphitheater lawn this spring.
The series will launch as part of Growga’s mindfulness-focused campaign for all Triangle families to celebrate a ‘Mindful May.’Read More
“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.Read More
“I love you” gets thrown around a lot in our household. It is an apology, a goodbye, and a “time to go to bed, this conversation is over.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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...."Read More
This early morning, I sit on my back porch, drinking my first cup of coffee. My 7 month old daughter is playing at my feet. I watch hummingbirds buzz by, listen to the birds as they chat, and breathe in the fresh morning air. I truly enjoy my backyard…Read More
Arts and crafts are a wonderful way for children of all ages to center themselves. There is much research that shows that crafting can alleviate depression and lessen anxiety.Read More
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?!)Read More
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.Read More
Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, is a time to relish the sun, the light, and the warmth of summer. It is also a time for renewal. It's a time to shake off all that is holding us back, and embrace our fullest potential. So, how do we celebrate this with our children?Read More