giving presence

6 games to instill mindfulness and gratitude in our children (and ourselves)

February 20, 2017

Since I became a mom 10 years ago, I have been committed to helping my daughter see the good in things as a first reflex. My own upbringing did not allow for this way of being in the world and, instead, instilled the typical apprehension and worry that seems to be passed down to children […]

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Sharing gratitude on a nightly basis

November 22, 2016

Before my children go to sleep at night, I have 3 questions that I ask them: What did you learn today? What was your favorite part of the day? What are you grateful for? These questions have become a ritual for us as we have been doing it for years. We continue to do so […]

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Being present for another

January 28, 2016

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 26, 2008, and it continues to inspire parents to give presence to their children. I find the whole concept of “being present” for another person so relevant to our world. How many of us have not really been given sufficient presence by our parents while we […]

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8 ideas to holiday gift-giving to cultivate more connection

December 21, 2015

The holiday season is upon us. As chilly winds begin to blow and the days become short and gray, we are given the opportunity to draw our loved ones near and celebrate what brings warmth, light and love into our lives in the face of cold and darkness. We return to family traditions, created and […]

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