Mindful Parenting

4 tips for cultivating a “yes environment”

December 2, 2016

Children hear the word “no” about 400 times a day. Being told “no” constantly doesn’t feel good and often times can be frustrating. The more children hear it, the more likely they are to have tantrums and power struggles, and feel disconnected from their parents. Creating a “yes environment” can help families to feel happier […]

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10 tips on gratitude

November 24, 2016

Every year, the Thanksgiving holiday gives us an opportunity to remember to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. API encourages you to make thanksgiving a daily practice. Learning to be grateful for even the most simple things in our lives can change us profoundly, creating overflowing capacity for joy and peace in both […]

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A deep sense of gratitude

November 23, 2016
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Thankful kids

November 23, 2016

It’s this time of year — Thanksgiving holiday — when we pause and take a moment to reflect on all that we are grateful for. A few years ago, I adopted Thanksgiving as a daily practice, and to my surprise, it has transformed my life for the better: I’ve become more centered and peaceful which […]

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Mindfully balancing freedom and boundaries to nurture our children

November 11, 2016

If you asked me in my teens and early 20s what it was I desired most, I would probably have told you it’s this easygoing feeling of freedom, of lightheartedness, of non-restrictedness. Freedom to go wherever I want to, to move around freely, to do, say, think, and feel whatever I want to… I never […]

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Cultivating a peaceful family: 5 effective ways to tend to one’s inner harmony

October 27, 2016

There’s that saying you’ve probably heard — “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” I first saw it, framed, in the kitchen of my high school friend and it made me slightly afraid of her mom. It seemed like it had been hung there as a warning. But parents, let’s be honest: We wake up […]

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Staying centered despite your child’s public meltdown

September 2, 2016

You can tell a lot about a person by their shopping cart — and also how they deal with their toddler’s tantrum in the middle of the store. Clean-up needed in Aisle 9 — 3 year old having a meltdown after being in the store for 2 hours while Mom is looking for gravy packets. […]

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5 tips for mindfully coping with chronic illness — for your child and you

March 29, 2016

The practice of mindfulness can be tremendously helpful under all kinds of life circumstances. Today, I want to chat about how mindfulness can help your child — and your whole family! — deal with chronic illness. After years of guiding, counseling and working with hundreds of families, blending more traditional psychotherapy approaches with mindfulness and […]

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