I’ll be the first to say that patience is not my virtue. I move quickly through the world, and I often expect everyone else to be just as proactive and efficient—whether that means responding to emails within 24 hours, or, like, putting your credit card in the card reader while the cashier is scanning your groceries. (Come on, people! It goes so much faster that way!)
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There’s a lot for a parent to get done in a day. There are places to go, meals to prep, work to complete and dishes to wash. In the midst of all of it, it can seem impossible to prioritise actual connection and bonding time with our kids. We want to connect with them, of course we do! But we also have to cook the spaghetti and get the meal on the table before it’s time to leave for lacrosse practice.
We’re learning how to practice true self-compassion this week with renowned psychotherapist and Buddhist meditation teacher Tara Brach. Tara is the author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha, and most recently Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN. In addition to having delivered hundreds of talks on mindfulness and meditation throughout her career, Tara’s self-titled podcast also receives over 1.5 million downloads per month.
Most of us want to spend less time staring at screens and more time interacting with the world around us—which is all very well and good until you realise that you can’t navigate that world without a map, and you can’t meet up with someone without reaching out to them in some way beforehand, and it’s a lot easier to use an app to pay for parking instead of trying to come up with enough quarters to feed the metre, and so on.
Everyone knows that being a teacher can be a stressful occupational choice. The app Calm is aiming to make that slightly less so by offering teachers around the world a premium subscription to its meditation app for free.
There is a certain scenario that my son liked to play with me when he was four years old. We’d make a house, a train and a ticket booth out of Lego Duplo blocks. A conductor would come to the house, pick up a guy and his Dalmation and take them to the dinosaur museum, which actually housed real dinosaurs and seemed sort of terrifying except that the dinosaurs were always fairly reassuring that they didn’t intended to eat the guy or his dog.
Android/iOS: Keeping track of what you eat can help you make better choices, because you know that whatever you choose, you’ll have to write it down. But that doesn’t mean you need to obsess over every kilojoule or ask an app to run weight loss calculations.
If you just want to look for big-picture patterns in your diet, YouAte (free on iOS and Android) is a low key way to do just that.
Children need to feel their feelings, but too often, they become overwhelmed by them. When they're visibly upset, that's when parents tend to swoop in and offer comfort, perhaps with words or hugs (or OK, sometimes goldfish crackers and YouTube Kids). But it's even more important to teach them how to calm themselves.
Psychotherapist Amy Morin, who wrote the new book 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, says that being able to deal with stress, anger, frustration, and anxiety requires a specific set of skills. And that's where brain training comes in.
Google has given us the best email service, the best Maps app, one of the best AI assistants and the best search engine. And now, they're getting into the mindfulness game, as well.
Meditation (and specifically mindfulness meditation) has become increasingly popular, thanks to apps such as Headspace and studies touting the lasting effects of mindfulness on the mind and body. But are these apps really as effective as serious meditation training? And do these studies’ findings have any basis in reality?