Bainbridge School invites the community to join a screening and discussion of the film “Room to Breathe”. A panel of experts on the integration of education and mindfulness will reflect on the film and take questions from the audience immediately following the screening. All ticket sales from the screening will go toward the expansion of […]
As preschool or daycare enters the picture, losing control becomes our greatest hurdle. Once we get our emotions in check (and understand we are not alone) we can find ways to make it easier and healthier for our kids to transition into preschool.
To get off the weight loss cycle of one step forward, two steps back, we need to focus on truly important life goals – health, happiness and setting positive examples for our ourselves and our families.
Nutrition and exercise should not be an annual intervention, but a part of our everyday life. Maybe if we were focusing on goals that are truly meaningful to ourselves, we’d be more successful. What if we cared – really cared – more about being happy and healthy? It sounds like a dream!
I look forward to being part of this upcoming Salon at the Providence Athenaeum. Sponsored by the Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF).
How Do You Talk to Kids About Film?
Friday, January 25th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
For the parents:
Join the Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) for an informal panel discussion about watching films with your children. Leading the conversation will be special guests:
Dr. Renee Hobbs, Professor + Founding Director, Harrington School of Communication and Media, URI
Anisa Raoof, Founder + Editor, Kidoinfo
Eric Bilodeau, Director of Programming, PCFF
I have not actually played the Talk About Giving game. I was immediately drawn in by its message and simplicity after seeing an image of the cards shared around the internet. Finding ways to give back (big or small with our time, talent, or cash) has always been essential to me and in part, the mission of Kidoinfo. Raising kids to be community minded starts early. We can make more meaningful lasting connections around giving back when we incorporate the philosophy into our family’s everyday conversations and actions.
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) provides useful tips for parents and teachers on helping children cope with a national tragedy. More in-depth information is available on the NASP website.
Tips for Parents and Teachers
Whenever a national tragedy occurs, such as terrorist attacks or natural disasters, children, like many people, may be confused or frightened. Most likely they will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children cope first and foremost by establishing a sense of safety and security. As more information becomes available, adults can continue to help children work through their emotions and perhaps even use the process as a learning experience.
I’ve been thinking a lot about new beginnings lately. Maybe it’s all of the change that Fall brings, or the way the cooler, darker weather invites introspection, but I’ve been thinking about what families need in order to have a fresh start.
Whenever I bring together a new Simplicity Parenting Group as I did recently at Meadowbrook Waldorf School, the first conversation we have is always about Values. I ask the group to fast forward ten or twenty years and picture their children grown. You can try this, too…
By Mary Scott Hackman, Early Childhood Programs Coordinator
The summer crowd has a special feel here at Providence Children’s Museum. Visitors seem relaxed and joyful, peer excitedly around corners, anticipate what the next room or exhibit will hold, hold hands with their children, and run up the ramp, entirely open to the possibilities. The unplugged, gleeful way they experience the Museum shouts, “We’re on vacation!”
I hear people asking all the time, “Where did summer go?!” Sometimes it feels like the season screeches to a halt and tosses us into a new routine. It can be challenging, at first, to find the right groove for your family. Transitions are hard for everyone. Be gentle with yourself and with your children, and work opportunities for family connection into the busyness of these school days.
Come Get Right In Your Mind, Body, & Spirit at My Mini-Retreat for Moms on Friday, September 28th from 9 am – 4:30 pm
Kate Hanley is a mind-body coach, a yoga teacher, and author of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide. She’s also the mom of two young kids, and thus knows every excuse in the book to avoid doing the things that keep you happy, healthy, and sane. She and her family live on the East Side.
“Pre-kids, I practiced yoga for nearly 15 years, attending a couple classes weekly and completing an intensive, year-long yoga teacher training at OM yoga in New York City. When I had my daughter, I managed to transition to a pretty regular home practice and made it to class most Sunday afternoons. But after my son followed, I really got thrown for a loop. Convinced that I couldn’t do one extra thing that didn’t involve keeping the kids alive, clothed, fed, rested, and provided for, I quit all forms of mind-body practice cold turkey. And that’s when things really went off the rails.”
“I know how slim the odds are of being able to take a full weekend away from the family to head up to Kripalu – I wanted to bring the experience of 3 days spent away from the real world to Moms here in the Providence area, and offer a distilled version of a longer retreat in one mind-blowing day. There are still a few spots left, and I’m offering Kidoinfo readers 20% off.”