Quick, simple, actionable ways to make mindfulness a habit for every member of your family

Parent in the Moment has created a short webinar to teach you some quick, simple, actionable ways to make mindfulness a habit for every member of your family. We’ve broken down the sometimes nebulous concept of mindfulness into 5 habits:

  1. Be present.
  2. Be calm.
  3. Be compassionate.
  4. Be grateful.
  5. Reflect.

We’ll show you how to practice each of these 5 habits as a parent and how to teach your children to practice them as well. Children look to the adults in their lives as models for how to calm their extreme emotions, handle conflicts, and interact with loved ones and strangers.

Learn more: https://www.pitmnyc.com/blog/5-mindful-habits-to-reduce-stress-and-increase-happiness-the-bond-of-love-for-your-family

Book Review: “The Gardener & The Carpenter” by Allison Gopnik, PhD

Review by Joe Freeman, LCSW, MDiv.

Allison Gopnik, PhD, is a rigorous scientist of child learning and development. She is a philosopher who has a knack for explaining complicated concepts in simple ways. Dr. Gopnik is also a grandmother who writes with a strong appreciation for the role of grandparents, particularly grandmothers. She says, “…human beings are, most of all, a cultural species. Our long human childhood allows us to be especially attuned to culture…Grandmothers and grandfathers provide a rich trove of cultural information.”

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Adulting 101: Help Teens Learn Basic Life Skills

Guest blog by Agata and Andy Cavar, Vernon, CT.

One night my husband and I were talking about how our boys (14 & 16) were going to end up living in our basement unless they started learning some life skills.

So we brainstormed a list of basic things we thought adults should know how to do. We decided to call it Spring Training and teach one skill every night after dinner.

The first night, we announced that we would be embarking on Adulting 101. Our plan was received with eye rolls, groans and exasperated sighs. The first lesson was how to fix a tripped breaker. Once we started talking about it, to our surprise, the boys were genuinely interested! They asked questions, talked about circuits watts, amps, and electricity. One question lead to another and we were having a real conversation! And it wasn’t about homework, school drama, or who needed to clean their room. How refreshing! Continue reading “Adulting 101: Help Teens Learn Basic Life Skills”

Social Media 101: Keep Your Kids Safe

Tue, Oct 24, 20178:15 PM – 9:15 PM EDT

When children and teens connect to the internet, they enter a wide open space not supervised well or at all by adults. Parents are challenged to sort out guidelines and strategies to protect their children in this busy arena that is both alluring and seemingly out of parent reach.

This class is designed for parents of children ages 2 – 12 years old. Following the class you will be invited to join our private Facebook group in which you will have access to a community of caring parents like you, working to apply new parenting approaches. Our Peace At Home Parenting Facebook community will be a place to share challenges and successes. You will also have ongoing regular contact with Ruth Freeman, webinar trainer, through the Facebook community.

In addition, you will receive access to free monthly “Question and Answer” sessions in which you will be coached in applying the skills you learned in Peace at Home webinars and again you will connect with other parents working to improve skills.

FREE Live Online Parenting Class: Intro to Peace at Home Parenting

register for free parenting classChildren are more cooperative when they feel positively connected with their parents. This live online intro class will help you understand and apply:

  • Communication skills that build strong parent-child connections
  • Parent behaviors that help kids cope with stress so they can develop self-control
  • Effective discipline that reduces misbehavior and increases positive behavior in the long run

This FREE 30 minute live online parenting class is an introduction to Peace at Home Parenting Solutions. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and get answers on the spot. You will also receive helpful cheat sheets to remind you about important practices you will want to try after the session.