What Do Kids Think?

One day this summer, I was lounging at the club pool situated directly across from the diving board. I watched a little boy about 9 climb the steps and move toward the edge of the board. He moved from the safety of the handrails to the narrow surface of the board with deep water below him. I could tell that this was an important journey for him because just past the rail, he changed to tiny, shuffling steps for about a foot before he turned around and went back.

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Katie McClain, SEP is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, author, and certified life coach. She’s been coaching for 25+ years and uses Somatic Experiencing®, a gentle body-mind method, to support her adult and child clients in releasing stress, growing self-compassion, and restoring goodness to their lives. Katie’s book, How to Tame Your Thought Monster, is available in multiple formats (English, Spanish, coloring book, and app) and presents mindfulness and positive thinking tools for adults and kids so they can feel better and do better. Visit Katie at her website, www.katiemcclain.com, follow her on Facebook  and Instagram.

5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness With Children

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”

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Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, Pachamama Alliance programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. www.pachamama.org
 

Life Lessons From my Three-Year-Old

When my firecracker of a daughter, Annabella (AKA Bella), turned three, I marveled at her newfound expression of how she feels, what she wants, and who she is. Much like when Bella turned two, the terrific threes has been a profound teacher for me. I am learning so much about life by witnessing Bella in all her THREE-year-old glory. Here are some of my favorite lessons:

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Amy Ahlers, the Wake-Up Call Coach and bestselling author, is on a mission to stop women from being so darn hard on themselves. Since 2000, she has been an International Certified Success Coach, the CEO of Wake-Up Call Coaching, and co-founder of Inner Mean Girl Reform School with Christine Arylo, Visionary Ignition Switch with Lissa Rankin, and Find Your Calling with Lissa Rankin and Martha Beck. Her newest passion is supporting moms to embrace the whole truth of motherhood, messiness, and magic with the Mama Truth Circle.

Amy has been a featured expert on lots of TV & radio shows, and for media outlets like ABC, FOX, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. She loves lighting up the stage at events where she wakes people up to the voice of their Inner Wisdom and helps them cultivate the courage to act on it. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter, inspiring women to find the everyday sacred.

Her first book, Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves: Ditch your Inner Critic and Wake Up Your Inner Superstar (New World Library, 2011), shot up to #1 in several categories on Amazon, including Self-Help, Happiness, and Self-Esteem. Her next book,  Reform Your Inner Mean Girl: 7 Steps to Stop Bullying Yourself and Start Loving Yourself, she co-wrote with Christine Arylo and is due out in April of 2015 from Beyond Words.

A 2010 recipient of the Women Who Dare Award from Girls Inc., she holds a BA from the University of California, earned the CPCC designation from The Coaches Training Institute, and is a Master Coach Equivalent. Amy is known best for her unconditional love, relentless enthusiasm, and kick ass truth telling. You can often find Amy in the San Francisco Bay Area holding hands with her husband, Rob, as they run after their firecracker daughters, Annabella and Evie Rose.

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Child's toes at edge of swimming pool diving board ladder
07/30/2018
One day this summer, I was lounging at the club pool situated directly across from the diving board. I watched a little boy about 9 climb the steps and move toward the edge of the board. He moved... read more
Child outdoors among trees with world in her hands.
09/12/2016
“Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of... read more
man and woman playing on playground equipment
04/05/2015
When my firecracker of a daughter, Annabella (AKA Bella), turned three, I marveled at her newfound expression of how she feels, what she wants, and who she is. Much like when Bella turned two, the... read more
Child's toes at edge of swimming pool diving board ladder
07/30/2018
One day this summer, I was lounging at the club pool situated directly across from the diving board. I watched a little boy about 9 climb the steps and move toward the edge of the board. He moved... read more
Child outdoors among trees with world in her hands.
09/12/2016
“Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of... read more
man and woman playing on playground equipment
04/05/2015
When my firecracker of a daughter, Annabella (AKA Bella), turned three, I marveled at her newfound expression of how she feels, what she wants, and who she is. Much like when Bella turned two, the... read more