October can be a difficult time for kids. Halloween is on the horizon, which can cause a mixture of emotions, the demands of school are increasing, and there can be a late year bout of environmental allergies to further add to any frustration and feelings of discomfort. Although most kids love Halloween, even for those … Continue reading October Challenges
The American Academy of Pediatrics has put out a great position paper advising on the place of toys in a child's life and what types of toys are best. This point is great: Recognize that one of the most important purposes of play with toys, especially in infancy, is not educational but rather to facilitate … Continue reading Choosing toys that support healthy development
Play is so fundamental to our work here. It's the natural way for children to learn about their world. But play is equally important for adults. The importance of play for children is well documented. Now researchers are turning their attention to its possible benefits for adults. What they’re finding is that play isn’t just … Continue reading Play is important for kids…and adults!
In this blog post on the NY Times, the author discusses new research around the benefits of meditation for children: These investigations...illustrate how meditative practices have the potential to actually change the structure and function of the brain in ways that foster academic success. Fundamental principles of neuroscience suggest that meditation can have its greatest impact … Continue reading How Meditation Can Help Kids
For Houston Compassion Week we are running free adult Yoga classes for parents of kids with special needs. Our classes will run on April 16th. The morning class will be led by Annette Raj at her Yoga Bhavana studio and the afternoon class will be led by Yulene Broussard at Solaris Pediatric Therapy. If you … Continue reading FREE Adult Yoga Classes for Houston Compassion Week
In this Goop Q&A, Stanford professor Kelly McGonigal explains why stress may actually be good for us sometimes, and that there is more than one type of stress. The body has a whole repertoire of stress responses. Sometimes when we experience stress we’re experiencing a state that is healthy, that makes us resilient, that makes … Continue reading A new way to look at stress
It's too easy to get caught up in the trap of busyness and lose track of what is important. We really like this slow parenting movement which calls for families to simplify their life and be present with each other. John Duffy, a clinical psychologist and author of “The Available Parent", advises parents how to start … Continue reading The Benefits of Slow Parenting