Anna Ormrod

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Blunt Prescriptions For The Parenting That Children Really Need (Hints For The Workplace, Too)

We recently welcomed beautiful Adeline into our family. She’s our first great grandchild. As I looked into her eyes for the first time, I found myself wondering what life would be for her. What would the world be like when <i>she’s</i> a parent and grandparent? Or, even less remotely, what would the world …

11 Things Every Parent Should Know To Raise a Happy Child

If you could do one thing to transform your life, I would highly recommend it be to find something you’re passionate about, and do it for a …

Comic Books

Slowing Down Fashion

<i>by guest blogger Marci Zaroff, ecofashion pioneer, founder of</i> <i>Under the Canopy</i><i>, and president of Portico Brands</i><p>"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Gandhi<p>Over the past two decades, I've been on an eye-opening journey. Pulling the curtain back on the fashion industry, I've uncovered that …

After These Yoga Poses, You'll Feel Proud Baring It on the Beach

Beginner yoga poses may look easy at first glance, but after holding your body still and feeling your muscles burn, you'll realize these poses are the ticket to rocking your swimsuit. Here are seven beginner yoga poses to strengthen and tone your bikini body.

The 100 greatest novels of all time

<b>Our critics choose the best novels ever written, from Tolkien to Proust</b><p>100 <b>The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (1954-55)</b><p>Hairy-toed hobbit Frodo leaves home to defend the world from dark forces by destroying a cursed ring, in Tolkien's epic trilogy. WH Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures …

6 Ways to Cultivate Better Relationships for More Happiness

Throughout our lives no one teaches us how to be in relationships. There are no classes in school that tell us how to have healthy and happy relationships. We are often just navigating them on our own and learning as we go. Given that we are often uneducated on healthy relationships, what are some …

Relationships

11 Organic Makeup Tutorials to Help Your Beauty Routine Go Au Naturale

As we go on our quest to live healthier lives with organic food, cleaning products and toys for our children, our makeup drawers often get overlooked. But if you truly desire to live an all-natural life, even your beauty products need a makeover. Before you start perusing and balking at the prices …

Lips

Nature and the Environment

Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22. The relationship between people and the natural environment is a rich geographic topic, one addressed by authors of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir.<p>Here are some books about conservation and the relationship between people and the natural …

UBC education expert says kids benefit from learning outdoors

Hartley Banack thinks all kids should get out of the classroom and into the great outdoors — at least part of the time.<p>"Experiential learning is our …

A Tip for Staying Grounded From Meditation Teacher Sharon Salzberg

Sharon mentioned the importance of grounding ourselves in situations when we're feeling off balance (especially important for those of us who are highly sensitive). And then she said something that I didn't quite understand at the time, but it felt significant, so I wrote it down...<p>I recently had …

Los Angeles

Emotional Intelligence: The Social Skills You Weren't Taught in School

You’re taught about history, science, and math when you’re growing up. Most of us, however, aren’t taught how to identify or deal with our own …

Emotional Intelligence

Picture Books Parents Will Actually Want to Read Over And Over

<i>Originally published on Kirkus</i><p>You know what it's like. It's bedtime, and your tot reaches for a book you'd rather drink lye than read again. Here is a baker's dozen of antidotes, for babies up through early-elementary children. There are urban idylls and country adventures, wordless wonders and …

How You're Sabotaging Your Creativity Every Day

We often talk about the simple things you can do to boost creativity and create more of those magical eureka moments, but many of us tend to sabotage …

Creativity

20-Minute Sequence for Mindful Meditation + Movement

<b>Instructions:</b> Do 3 rounds of this sequence, switching sides with the first four poses and doing the final two poses twice each. In round 1, hold each …

5 Steps to Break a Habit of Arguing With Your Child, 2 of 3

Part 1 outlined five reasons why “arguing” with your children as a parent is a lose-lose proposition. Nobody wins, and you instead risk losing <i>serious</i> …

Self-awareness

How to introduce mindfulness into your classroom: nine handy tips

Mindfulness, the technique of mastering "living in the moment", helps us to combat distractions in a busy world. On a personal level, practising mindfulness can be really beneficial for teachers, but studies are increasingy showing that it can be helpful for students too.<p>But how can you use it in …

Play

The camera watches as a group of unattended children in sturdy coats and galoshes roll down a tall, muddy hill over and over; in another scene, a …

Artist Spent One Year In The Woods Creating Surreal Sculptures From Organic Materials

In an extraordinary act of devotion to his art, sculptural artist Spencer Byles spent a year creating beautiful sculptures out of natural and found …

Sculpture

It's time we gave our children permission to get outside and get dirty

I grew up on a farm on the edge of Nowheresville, Hampshire. I was a speccy, geeky kid who loved experimenting with nature.<p>While most of the people at school were experimenting with drugs or each other, drinking copious amounts of cider and getting pregnant, I was experimenting with frogspawn.<p>I was …

Why Mindfulness is Needed For Education Innovation

Educators are beginning to agree on the need for attention training and emotional regulation as part of the curriculum. Mindful awareness practices fulfill this need, while science is validating long held concepts of the wisdom traditions. It is my wholehearted conviction that when education …

Mindfulness

Play

Schools should consider focusing on hands-on interaction with nature instead of worrying about teaching kids to save the rainforest -- at least at …

Scientists reveal secret of why Indian food is so delicious

It is a 'lack of overlapping flavours' that apparently makes curry taste so good<p>It was in the 1780s, when curry powder was commercialised, that Indian cuisine first began to make its mark in Britain. Back then, dainty corseted ladies found curry a little on the spicy side - but our palates have now …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

10 Suggestions On Achieving Your Inner Peace

Inner peace may seem like a mythical peak. Almost unachievable, far away, maybe even unreal for many. In fact, for almost every single one of us. …

8 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids

The purpose of teaching mindfulness to our children is to give them skills to develop their awareness of their inner and outer experiences, to understand how emotions manifest in their bodies and to recognize when their attention has wandered and to provide tools for control.<p>We know mindfulness is …

Mindfulness

Scientists Have Composed Music Especially For Cats

You can listen, human, but you won't like it<p>When I was learning to play the cello in high school, my cat Stella used to hide under my bed and yowl pitifully. I like to tell myself we just had different tastes. And there’s probably something to that. Whereas humans like music to fall within our …

7 Ingredients Nutritionists Never Ever Eat

The Federal government announced plans to redesign nutrition labels back in February—but the proposed changes (which would highlight the amount of added sugars and bring serving sizes more in line with the amounts that people actually eat) have yet to go into effect. Until then, it's especially …

Nutrition

Roald Dahl on How Illness Emboldens Creativity: A Moving Letter to His Bedridden Mentor

“I doubt I would have written a line … unless some minor tragedy had sort of twisted my mind out of the normal rut.”<p>My daily rhythms of reading and writing were recently derailed by a temporary but acute illness that stopped, unceremoniously and without apology, the music to which mind and matter …

Roald Dahl

That Sugar Film: how 60 days of eating ‘health food’ led to fatty liver disease

Australian documentary maker Damon Gameau cracks open the refined sugars hidden in so-called ‘healthy’ packaged food in a gonzo activist mission to map his own mental and physical disintegration<p>Actor Damon Gameau strapped drugs to Matthew Newton’s stomach in Underbelly and received an AFI …

3 Centering Meditations You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less

By now we're all familiar with the many benefits of a meditation practice. From experiencing more positive emotions, to better health and increased …