Reflections on Silence | Nurture: Family Education and Guidance

Back from 5 nights away from the family.  In the spirit of mindful awareness, I came to the Mindful Schools annual retreat at the Garrison Institute in the Hudson Valley (across the river from West Point!) with a playful curiosity.  I was interested in the content of the two seminar days, but not totally sure what the first 2 days OF SILENCE really…

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Two Days of Silence, Two Months of Silence | Nurture: Family Education and Guidance

Next week I am going away on a 5 day mindfulness retreat through an amazing organization called Mindful Schools.  I took their Mindfulness Fundamentals course and their Mindfulness Educator Essentials courses last fall/winter and loved them.  They were 100% online, self-guided courses with weekly practice and reflections and were the perfect combination of information and guided practice to start a…

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Nurture: Family Education and Guidance

Back from 5 nights away from the family.  In the spirit of mindful awareness, I came to the Mindful Schools annual retreat at the Garrison Institute in the Hudson Valley (across the river from West Point!) with a playful curiosity.  I was interested in the content of the two seminar days, but not totally sure what the first 2 days OF SILENCE really…

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Archaeology of Parenting

Your essence is the most authentic, honest, real version of you.  Over years of development it often gets built over with other’s stories of who you are (or who they want/need you to be)–good or bad–but not essential truths of who you are on the most elemental level.  Eroding those stories we were told were your identity is a difficult but…

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Parenting Your Triggers | Nurture: Family Education and Guidance

No, your triggers are not your children. Or even their behaviors.  Your triggers are yours and only yours.  They are activated when your inner child is scared, vulnerable, or uncomfortable in some other way.  When a parent is particularly triggered (emotionally upset) by an undesirable behavior in their child (typical examples: rude behavior, messy room, sibling rivalry) they may want…

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Picky Eating: What Do We Do?

Question: Today my 4 year old was given his dinner and refused to eat it.  He ate this meal (chicken, broccoli, and bread) last week.  We don’t know what to do when this happens so we usually end up sending him to his room, but this doesn’t feel right.  We also don’t want to get in the habit of making…

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