Bored Teen

Boredom? Lack of Purpose? Give Your Kids a Meaningful Summer Experience

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A bit of boredom can be beneficial! Boredom is needed to spark creativity, and it helps motivate children and teens to pursue new goals and develop self-control. However, sometimes boredom can contribute to depression and other kinds of emotional distress in kids and teens. Knowing when to step in, support children and teens, and suggest […]

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Emotional Meltdowns: When Anger, Frustration, and Irritation Reach a Tipping Point

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Emotional meltdowns commonly frustrate parents and seem hard to understand, prevent, and manage. Children often lose control of their emotions when they can’t verbalize their needs. Their irritation, frustration, and anger build up until they reach a tipping point. When the intensity of children’s emotions becomes too much for their nervous system to handle, the thinking […]

Become More Self-Compassionate Through Practice

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Self-compassion promotes happiness, boosts self-esteem, and encourages interconnection and consideration of others. It can be helpful to practice self-compassion when you feel angry or frustrated with yourself, or any time you feel you need some support and care. Research shows that you can learn to respond to failure, disappointment, or suffering with understanding and kindness […]

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Mindful Walking: 3 exercises to tune into your body

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Children, Meditation, Physical Health, Relaxation, Stress, Wellbeing

The temperature is cooler. The holidays are here. And the new year is approaching. This is the perfect time for you and your family to get outdoors, tune into your bodies, and start to reflect on the new year ahead by practicing some mindful walking. If you’ve never walked mindfully before, here’s some information about […]

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Parent Survival Tips for Election Stress

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I’ve spoken with many people recently who are plagued with anxiety about what the election results will bring. This stress appears to cut across all political parties and it’s higher than in prior election years. Election fears are circulating around personal safety, financial security, housing stability— all things that make up the foundational needs of […]

Parents: You can do this!

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Social media is a dangerous place to hang out if you’re trying to avoid anxiety-provoking content at the moment. In particular, there’s been such contradictory advice about parenting during the pandemic. And it’s coming from every angle. Meanwhile, parents have found themselves very suddenly coping with their own waves of overwhelming emotions while also simultaneously […]

The Pandemic of COVID-19: A lesson to our kids that we are all connected

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I didn’t understand– most of us didn’t– exactly how it would feel to prepare for a pandemic to sweep through. On Friday afternoon our team naturopathic physician, Dr. Sage, attended a special seminar hosted by the Arizona Department of Health Services about COVID-19 (aka. Novel Coronavirus). On Monday, Dr. Sage and I began putting together […]

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Get Your Wakeful Child to Sleep… Finally!

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If your children (and you) sleep through the night, you are the envy of parents everywhere! So many things can get in the way of getting a consistently good night’s rest– overstimulation, anxiety, depression, difficulty with making transitions, etc. Maybe your sweetie pie repeatedly begs for one more drink of water, worries about the next […]

New Year Resolutions

Create Meaningful (and Achievable) Family Goals for the New Year

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It’s a new year and a new decade. For many people, that means it’s resolution time. It’s finding-yourself time. It’s creating-new-habits-and-setting-goals time. Maybe you’re one of the few who make your dreams come true at the start of each new year, but most of us live a different reality. Depending on the source, surveys suggest […]