Monthly Archives: July 2014

On being mindful

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On being mindful Mindfulness has become a hot topic for those seeking stress-relief and/or a path to happiness.  But is mindfulness really new, or is it just another name for stress management?  To me, it’s a bit of both. Mindfulness practice stems from ancient disciplines like meditation and new disciplines like neuroplasticity and the science of the brain; how it functions, learns, and develops. I recently had the pleasure of attending a few lectures on these topics and learned where the ideas of mindfulness came from and what difference a mindfulness practice can make in our daily lives. These lectures introduced me to thinkers and writers like Rick Hanson who wrote Buddha’s Brain, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, the father of the …

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Driving into adulthood – Part 2

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Driving into adulthood – Part 2In part 1 of this series we began our discussion about the excitement and challenges surrounding the quintessential rite of passage of the teenage years that is learning to drive, and gained a little insight into the experience from a parent’s point of view. But what about the teen? What are they experiencing, and how can parents support them through this exciting and potentially stressful time?

Through the eyes of a teen:

I have never been good at Mario Kart. That was the true test as a kid; if you were good at Mario Kart, you would be a good driver. This doesn’t actually make much sense, but I was still convinced that I would never be able to drive …

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Driving into adulthood – Part 1

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Driving into adulthood – Part 1Learning to drive is a rite of passage for most teens, and is no less significant for their parents. As parents, you watched your child as they took their first step, finally rode around the block without the training wheels, and ventured out into the world without you there as chaperone. Throughout this time, your child has grown more and more independent, and more desirous of freedom and autonomy. But now they want… the car?! How can you both make it through this exciting and potentially stressful milestone with grace and good feelings intact? Seeing things from both perspectives may help.

Through a parent’s eyes:

You know you have reached a new parenting milestone when your kid gets behind the …

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Impaired driving – it’s not just about booze anymore

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Impaired drivingImpaired driving used to be known as, simply, drunk driving. Booze, slurring, weaving, and driving home a pal who had ‘one too many’ were the simple clues we needed to identify when to stay out of the driver’s seat. Things aren’t so cut and dried anymore. Impaired driving happens for many reasons: alcohol, recreational drugs, prescription and over-the-counter medication, texting, and lack of sleep.

For many of us, driving is an essential and daily activity that we end up sharing with friends, loved ones, and complete strangers. That makes driving both a personal and a communal activity and because of this, the overarching principle of not being a danger to yourself and others speaks to many of us. We all …

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