This is awe inspiring. This man’s name is Josh Shipp and he is former foster child and the ultimate “troubled kid” whose first life goal was to get kicked out of every foster home he ever entered. At the age of 17 after being arrested, it was the words of one man that would forever alter the course of his life and make him realize that “every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.” Please watch this and share it with everyone.
Learn more about Josh Shipp and the work he does here at joshshipp.com.
That’s the world we live in. We want everything now, now now. When it comes to our relationships and unhealthy behaviors, the day we decide to make changes whether through self-motivation or at the request of a someone else, that’s typically the day we (or they) want them to happen. In many cases, there is no margin for error or regression. You either get it together right NOW, or you go. Continue Reading
I wonder what my temperament might look like if I had been taught this as a child. This should be mandatory learning for all children. If you’re an adult and you never learned it, it’s not too late. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” is an expression. Expressions while based on some kind of well-deserved stereotype, are not grounded in fact. Watch and learn. You can do it. It’s never too late.
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The inspiration for “Just Breathe” first came about a little over a year ago when I overheard my then 5-year-old son talking with his friend about how emotions affect different regions of the brain, and how to calm down by taking deep breaths — all things they were beginning to learn in Kindergarten at their new school, Citizens of the World Charter School, in Mar Vista, CA. I was surprised and overjoyed to witness first-hand just how significant social-emotional learning in an elementary school curriculum was on these young minds. The following year, I decided to take a 6-week online course on Mindfulness through Mindful Schools (http://www.mindfulschools.org/), figuring that if my son was learning about this, it only made sense that I should learn too. Within the first week, I felt the positive effects of this practice take root not only on my own being but in my relationships with others.
As a filmmaker, I am always interested in finding a subject worthy of filming, and I felt strongly that Mindfulness was a necessary concept to communicate visually. Thankfully my husband, who happens to be my filmmaking partner, agreed. We made “Just Breathe” with our son, his classmates and their family members one Saturday afternoon. The film is entirely unscripted – what the kids say is based purely on their own neuro-scientific understanding of difficult emotions, and how they cope through breathing and meditation. They, in turn, are teaching us all.
Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a marriage and family therapist and best-selling author who hosts a highly successful daily call-in talk show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio during which she offers practical and necessary advice to anyone in need. Continue Reading
Have you ever noticed how if you try to explain something to your child or help them with something that might make their life easier, they treat you like you have no idea what you’re talking about? Like you just arrived on this planet five seconds ago. Or, they act as if they already know what you’re telling them, despite the fact that their actions (and grades) indicate something completely different. Well rest easy, because you are far from alone. Continue Reading
New studies show that home-based stressors such as poverty, neglect, abuse and even witnessing violence can change the chemical and physical structures of the brain, and not in a good way. For many students within the Los Angeles Unified School District (the 2nd largest school district in the country) where 80% live in poverty, THESE STRESSORS ARE EVERYWHERE!
In some houses, August starts the home stretch that culminates with the end of summer and going back to school. For parents, this home stretch involves one of two potential points of view. Continue Reading
Believe it or not, a lot of the parents that I work with are surprised when I tell them just how much their actions will wind up affecting their children’s self-esteem. So much so that I feel as though I may at times be understating this. With that said, I thought I’d take this opportunity to put these words into writing. You’d think this was obvious. Clearly, it is not. My feeling is that it cannot be repeated enough.
This entire passage is from a book called “Conversations with God, Book 3” by Neale Donald Walsch. Someone showed it to me today and I can’t stop thinking about it. Mr. Walsch’s perspective and insight on parenting are light years beyond anything I’ve ever read. Continue Reading
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