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Posted by Morgan Yates on 2014-01-14 09:55

In this week's instalment, we explore the real and imaginary fears that parents and caregivers have about letting their children engage in free play outside.  Simply put, fearful parents create fearful children and your child is way less likely to be hurt or abducted or than they are to develop anxiety, obesity and other health problems by not going outside.  more

Posted by Morgan Yates on 2014-01-03 09:47

Today we are launching a new blog series on the beneifts of outdoor play. In this four-part series you will learn about the benefits of free play and what adults can do to keep kids safe and engaged.I have discovered a new drug and its power to change children’s lives is amazing!  This drug: more

Posted by Martin Phillips-Hing on 2013-12-30 16:02

I recently attended the Evolution of Psychotherapy conference from Dec. 10-15, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  It is the largest gathering of psychotherapists (approximately 8,000 attendees) in the world, it's only held every four years, and is essentially the ‘Olympics’ of the psychological world.  The depth and breadth of the world-class presenters was inspiring.  One of the keynote speeches was by Dr. Martin Seligman the founder of the field of Positive Psychology.  more

Posted by Tracy Smyth on 2013-12-08 14:18

Compassion, empathy, altruism and kindness are positive qualities we intuitively want our children to have, helps a child be successful in life and, research tells us, can be deliberately fostered in families, schools and communities. Teaching these qualities is what the Dalai Lama Center refers to as “Educating the Heart.”  This video of Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl reminds us we can, indeed, teach compassion and kindness through positive relationships, through modeling as well as through opportunities to practice skills with others. more

Posted by Rachel Phillips on 2013-12-03 10:40

 The turtle technique is a method for calming down when you feel angry, frustrated or upset. more

Posted by Martin Phillips-Hing on 2013-11-25 03:08

At a recent blood donation clinic the supervising registered nurse stated that one donation of blood (488ml or approx. 1 US pint), by the time it gets to the point of use – such as a hospital – is worth around $700! more

Posted by Tracy Smyth on 2013-11-22 09:18

While getting along with others may not always be easy, there are skills children can learn to strengthen their relationships. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2013-11-20 08:45

 In the third part of the series,  one of the project leaders talks about "Gratitude, Happiness and Our Brain."  She notes that a daily practice of Gratitude, which cultivates positive states of mind, has the ability to rewire our brains for the better.By Leanne RousellIn every second of our day, there are literally millions of pieces of information available to us.  However, our brains can only process 40 bits of information per second.  Which 40 bits do you choose to focus on?  Within this very choice lies the potential to change the way we see our life and our world, and, hence, the way we feel about it. more

Posted by Tracy Smyth on 2013-11-13 11:20

Tea and desserts in hand, 26 women who work in early childhood education gathered to listen and learn about the Heart-Mind Index . As the community developer for the Heart-Mind Index Pilot Project , I felt privileged to sit amongst the participants observing. The local facilitator asked the audience to come up with definitions for each of the five qualities that the Index measures. more

Posted by Dalai Lama Center on 2013-11-12 08:53

In the second part of the series about Gratitude Graffiti , one of the project leaders describes her experiences of "looking for the good."By Vanessa MerrittYears ago, a friend, colleague and exceptional educator, described a daily ritual that took place in her classroom during “Carpet Time.”  For a few special moments, she had her students  “look for the good.”  At the time, I filed this rich sounding experience in the back of my mind.  With my own children, I have periodically borrowed the phrase.  I have pulled it out in an effort to have them find a solution, or to promote empathy in lieu of critical judgment.  For a long time, I kept “look for the good” filed in my repertoire for teachable moments - to be pulled out when the situation seemed just right. more