As the Coronavirus continues to spread, many of us are facing the stark new realities that come with sheltering in place. It’s a difficult time. It’s also the perfect time to help those in our communities who are most at risk: the elderly and vulnerable and essential healthcare workers on the front lines of caring for us all. Here’s how you can help now.
With a quarantine in progress across many parts of the world, now is a perfect opportunity to encourage kids to be of service at home (they might disagree, but stay with me here).
When a Mindful Littles family member contacted us looking for ways lift the spirits of recovering stroke patients at the Anaheim Healthcare Center in Anaheim, California, we knew our community would want to help.
Ever help carry someone’s groceries, drop cookies off at your neighbor’s or slip a few quarters into an about-to-expire parking meter? Or maybe you smiled at a stranger walking by, helped an elderly woman step down from the bus or made a funny face to distract a fussy child.
I am often urging my children to be more kind. But what does that really mean?
This last week my 6-year old asked me a simple question, “Mommy, what is Labor Day?” I realized I hadn’t really spent any energy thinking about the meaning of this national holiday.
It was a bluebird day: clear skies, faint hint of fading clouds, brilliant sun. Green blanketed fields, gardens and any spare ground thanks to the recent rain. You could say it was just another beautiful day in Durham, California at Ponderosa Elementary, the new site for the hundreds of students who lost their school – and many their homes – in the Paradise Camp Fire last November. And it was – but side-by-side with the ordinary was the extraordinary.
In the hours after the devastating Camp Fire began in November 2018, smoke laced the skies several hundred miles away. The deadliest wildfire in California’s history kept us inside and our kids out of school while we waited out the poor air conditions. In a few days, our lives returned to normal. For the people of Paradise, however, there was no normal to return to.Continue reading “Delivering Peace to Paradise Fire Elementary School Children”
Racial bias, bullying and intolerance, mistrust, hatred, discrimination- all of these issues stem from fear of the unknown. One thing we can do as parents is encourage our children to learn about others who are different from them and learn to respect, and not fear those differences. Here are some ideas we have rounded up to help parents teach acceptance and equality at home. Continue reading “Mindful Parenting Round-Up: Teaching Acceptance & Equality”