How Parents Can Emphasize Self-Care as a Need, Not a Want

The chaos of parenthood, especially parenting neurodiverse children, is, no doubt overwhelming and self-care is, obviously one of the biggest, fastest and cheapest...

How Mindful Practices Help Neurodiverse Children With Impulse Control

  I thought I made the best casserole the other night, but found myself devastated when my son literally spit his bite out. Yesterday, my friend told me she was...

5 Simple Steps for Setting Intentions for Yourself and Your Family

As we approach the new year, you’re likely being bombarded with reminders or some internal pressure to make resolutions about all the changes that you should be...

3 ways to help your child think about others over the holidays

Wow, the year seems to be speeding past. I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a very challenging year. From Covid to virtual learning to politics, we could all use...

Cultivating gratitude

I can’t believe that it’s been so long of COVID living!   And it's been since the beginning of COVID that I’ve been creating these free monthly...

How to Activate Your Child’s ADHD Brain for Distance Learning

Weak executive functions sabotage our kids’ efforts to organize, plan ahead, and make smooth transitions to demanding environments – like virtual or hybrid...

Daily Sensory and Movement Breaks for Regulation

From the feeling of the sheets we sleep in to the texture of the food we eat, from the birds chirping around us and the smells coming from the kitchen to the clothes we...

3 Tips to Support Sensory Processing at Home

Many kids have challenges with sensory processing, If your child seems to struggle with staying calm, well-regulated and balanced with their mood or behavior, sensory...

Mindfulness in May: A Daily Dose for YOU and YOUR CHILD

I trained to practice and teach mindfulness seven years ago, and it’s changed my life, helping me get out of my future thinking (anxiety) and past...

Keep Calm and Structure On: How to manage emotions and build struct...

by Elizabeth Sautter and Dr. Rebecca Branstetter  “I’m scared of getting sick and I miss my friends” -5 year old“I’m scared you are...

Why Listening Can be So Difficult for Kids

by Elizabeth Sautter Have you ever wondered “How can I get my child to listen to me?” or “Why is my child struggling to listen to the teacher...

Setting Intentions for 20/20 Vision

by Elizabeth Sautter 2019 is on the cusp of wrapping up, and if you are anything like me, you are already looking ahead to the new year. It’s not just a new year...

How To Practice Self-Compassion Over the Holidays

by Elizabeth Sautter  Isn’t it sort of ironic that Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time to focus on what we are thankful for, and then, not even 24...

Gratitude & Giving Back: Help Your Child Take the Next Step to Buil...

The “season of giving” can mean far more than a friendly gift exchange or a donation to a favorite nonprofit. Giving often springs from feelings of gratitude...

Gratitude with a Tween Twist

In the realm of social-emotional learning, the tables have been turned at our house. My middle-schooler, Gabe, has come up with a way to reward his parents and get some of...

Mindful March

What are your self-help tools when you feel sad?  How about afraid? I find myself drawn to increase my mindfulness practice. This is the one thing that keeps me...

Practice Loving-kindness to Build Heartfulness on Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s a great time to teach empathy, perspective taking, and loving-kindness. In the world of mindfulness (paying...

Calmer Waters this Summer

I often head into summer in full-blown problem-solving mode for my children. I struggle to balance camps and summer fun with all the things my kids “should” be...

Breathe In, Breathe Out—And Something More

When my sons get frustrated or upset, my instinct is to say “calm down, just breathe”.. But it’s not always that easy. Many kids, including mine, get...

Pay it Forward for Valentine’s Day

I recently taught the concept of “paying it forward” to the kids in my son’s 4th grade class. The idea is to repay an act of kindness that someone has...

Valentine’s Day Word Clouds

Helping kids to develop social-emotional learning is one of my passions. I recently went into my son’s 4th grade classroom to talk with the kids about character...

Help Your Child Be a Mindful Social Observer

As I guide my kids toward a back-to-school mindset, I’m not focused solely on academics. Sure, I’ve been bringing out the math workbooks and adding more reading...

Mindful Awareness… The Bridge to Acceptance

Last year I was at a birthday party at one of those big places where the kids jump around on trampolines and mats, and a host is assigned to the party.  I was helping...
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