I think you would agree that this back-to-school season looks quite different from any that we have experienced before. Some of our kids are in school full-time. Some kids are either doing remote learning or some type of hybrid model this year. The uncertainty of the progression of the virus on top of what we feel might be best for our children’s physical and mental health and well-being is a recipe for a heightened level of anxiety for us. But anxiety will not help our children to get the best out of this school year.

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As I start to write this blog, I sit like the bird standing on the edge of a cliff, “will I fly or will I fall”. This is the place and space of the new, and this is the same whoever you are. Young and old we all come to this cliff edge when we choose to learn, to grow and to try something new. The question is how and why does the gap in between being on the edge and flying actually differ. Why does it differ? Why?

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As parents, many of us would say that one of our deepest desires is to foster an authentic connection with our kids. We want to be a safe space for them to unravel in, a source of guidance, a comfort through tough times. We also want to create an environment where they can thrive and fulfil their highest potential, whatever that may be.

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Have you ever experienced a moment (or maybe 472 moments) when your child didn’t listen to you? I’m sure that’s never happened; it’s never happened to me. (Pause for me laughing hysterically at that lie!) Let me tell you about my kids. ...

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Cindy CharestCindy  Charest is a PSYCHOLOGIST, PARENT COACH & WRITER with BA in Honours Psychology, an MSc in Developmental Psychopathology, and an MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People. She is also a qualified CalmFamily Consultation and offer BabyCalm and ToddlerCalm workshops and courses to those in Scotland. Cindy has spent the last nine […]

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One of the first things I learnt when I became aware of conscious parenting was how to put in a pause. It isn’t always easy to remember, but when I do pause, it reminds me how powerful a tool it is to connect with our children. It has been truly transformational not only in my parenting but in all of my relationships.

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Yelling! We all lose the plot sometimes. Parenting a little one and living in a state of high alert, sleep deprivation and less time with yourself is a potent combination. We are human, we all have our triggers. The occasional rant isn’t pretty or pleasant but it doesn’t mean you’ve left your child emotionally scarred for life. Children are exceptionally forgiving but they are resilient too and trust in the love that exists within the relationship.

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