Building Resiliency in Our Children

Stop the avoidance

Many parents have appropriately question whether there is anything they can do to keep their children safe, strong, and healthy. Many parents, even myself at times, avoid thinking about all the hard things their children may face. Sometimes, this avoidance feels easier than contemplating a future that seems so scary or uncontrollable. However, by avoiding thoughts of fear or tough things in the world, we also evade making healthier changes in our lives, and our children’s lives.

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Girls Playing in the Sand

Trying and Enjoying New Adventures!

At one time or another, we have all tried something new. It could be a new job, a new task, or a new hobby. But, for some reason, we took a chance and did something differently. Whenever we do something new, there is uncertainty and risk. We may fail. But, even more likely is the […]

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Devastation is Worse Than We Can Imagine

When the news earlier this week came about the tornado in Moore, Okla., my husband Mike and I looked at each other wide-eyed. “I didn’t think living through that other tornado bothered me, but I still have nightmares about it,” Mike told me. On May 3, 1999, Mike and I were living in Stillwater, Okla., […]

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happiness concept, happy girl child on the swing on beautiful mountain landscape

The Gift of Mindfulness and Meaningful Moments

When I was growing up, one of my favorite places in the world was the swing-set in my backyard. I have vivid, lovely memories of swinging, feeling the sunshine on my face, the wind in my hair, and watching the clouds up above. I would often sing with my mom and sisters, laugh, and imagine. Those were not extravagant moments, but rather simple joys. They were the moments that I experienced beauty and connection with my family and the world. They were moments that I was mindful.

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