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A Moment in Mindfulness – Sponsored by Wrigley’s

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Featured, Individual Counselling

A Moment in Mindfulness – Sponsored by Wrigley’s

It seems to be the word of the day; mindfulness. It lingers on everyone’s  lips but do any of us have time for it? Are we doing it right? And when should we schedule that in? In essence, mindfulness is about developing our ability to pay attention in the present moment. For many of us, much of our mental energy and emotional stress, is expended on and caused by our regrets about the past, worries about the future or judgments about the present. When we curiously and without judgment pay attention to the present moment, we can become increasingly aware of these negative thought patterns. This insight enables us to create more adaptive ways to respond to life’s...

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Slowing Down to Smell the Roses – A Gift From Our Children

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in All Articles, Featured, Individual Counselling

Slowing Down to Smell the Roses – A Gift From Our Children

As summer rushes by and back-to-school season rapidly approaches, are we taking enough time to smell the roses with our children? They are curious little beings, always asking about the inner workings of things and the whys of just about anything – from the color of the sky to the way a bank machine works or why bees like honey – they seem to be wanting to take it all in as they go about their days. Although we are often very aware of how our children may extend the time it takes to complete a given task, errand or outing, we also often miss what a gift these delays can be. Benefits to Your Child When we slow our lives down to join our children we spend quality and...

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“Getting It” Ourselves to Avoid “Losing It” With Our Children

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in All Articles, Featured, Parenting

“Getting It” Ourselves to Avoid “Losing It” With Our Children

It happens to us all, regardless of all our good intentions – we “lose it” with our kids. Maybe it’s the end of the day and your boss was being even more demanding than usual, and when you walk through the door, your kids are immediately demanding things just like your boss! Maybe it’s the same situation that repeats itself over and over and drives you up the wall – why can’t Johnny just go to bed and stay in bed for once? There’s always something, like the glass of water, bathroom trip, or new fear that keeps him unable to go to bed without you. Whatever your situation is…it happens, and when you’re in that moment, you need to help yourself so that...

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Helping Teens Build Self-Esteem: What a Parent Can Do

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in All Articles, Featured, Parenting

Helping Teens Build Self-Esteem: What a Parent Can Do

It’s the start of a new year, and for your teen that means final exams, summatives and the start of a new semester. If your teen is in Grade 12 they may be into post-secondary and scholarship applications, as well. It’s a stressful time for parents, as we want our teens to do well in school and struggle when we feel they aren’t achieving their full potential – if only they could focus on their math test studying the way they can with Facebook! We point this out to them and remind them (repeatedly) to do their homework, study for their tests, as well as tell them (again) about how important their grades are for university and their future success. While we do...

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