Meditation 101: A Beginner's Guide from Gobblynne on Vimeo.
We’re big fans of meditation because it works. Often we over complicate what it means to meditate and how to do it. To clear the air and the mind, here is a wonderful video that explains how and why you should mediate.
Watch and let us know what you think!
It’s Mental Awareness Month and we thought we’d write a post to share our commitment towards the cause. Kids Now is not a program that deals with mental health issues, but we are a proactive and preventative program that seeks to open channels of communication in order to help prevent and guide towards the right help if it does surface.
With this post we are not promoting violence. What we wish to do is share the wise words of a champion. Muhammad Ali was a huge character, incredible athlete and activist. He inspired many with his words and impacted many with his punch. But he left words that teach us what it takes to make our dreams come true. Continue reading
Everything involves a form of communication. It may be verbal or non verbal, but we are always sending and receieving messages. As part of the Kids Now program we teach our kids how to properly communicate so they can achieve their goals and improve their relationships with others.
Here are our top 5 communication tips we can all use
Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
It is very important to be able to accept one’s self with the good, the bad, our strengths and our weaknesses. It is not an easy task and it will be a work in progress for the rest of our lives, but the sooner we start talking to our kids about self acceptance the easier it will be for them to reach their own kind of happiness.
- Pay attention to how many times you judge yourself and write it down. Beside it write down a good quality about yourself to counter act the negativity. This is a good way to start taking away the power from our inner critic.
- Take the time to celebrate your favourite strength with a treat, a bubble bath, or any other way that will make you feel good! We often don’t recognize our strengths and just focus on our weaknesses.
- Forgive yourself for your shortcomings and from past mistakes. We tend to stay in the past and replay our mistakes which prevent us from moving on and accepting ourselves for the amazing people we are.
If you have more tips please share them in the comment section!
Every time we turn on the TV or check our social media feeds, we are exposed to so many images of what our dream life, body, career, should be.
We take these images and messages in and then we doubt ourselves. We may even believe (especially our kids) that without these things, we will never be happy. But the truth is that this is all a lie that brands have paid a lot of money to promote. As parents, teachers and caregivers it is our responsibility to counter balance this with a sense of reality and help manage our kids (and even our own) expectations of what happiness is.
We live in an age where everything is swipe away. Virtually, there are countless apps (some useful and others not so much) to assist you in whatever you can think of. Thanks to the TCDSB, there is one more app to download, but this one can be a life saver for many youth. Bullying ranges from physical to virtual, but most often youth feel unsafe or uneasy to report a problem. Continue reading
Thank you Edmonton Public Teachers Local 37! Your renewed support of the Kids Now self-esteem and leadership programs has helped Kids Now deliver 20 programs in the fall/winter of 2016/2017, and another 20 programs this spring. Our programs this school year will empower over 400 Edmonton middle school teens with important life-skills. Your support directly helps youth to build their self-confidence, deal with peer pressures and bullying, manage everyday stress and set goals for a great future ahead! Continue reading
Federated Co-Operatives Limited is, once again, supporting the Kids Now after-school self-esteem and leadership programs in Edmonton during this school year in the Fall and again this spring. Thanks to their support, the youth participants in all programs are receiving snacks during each of their 12 sessionPrograms.