D15 Marquardt Administration Center
3/11/2020 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Introducing mindfulness into the lives of our children and teenagers is perhaps the greatest gift we can offer. Mindfulness builds emotional intelligence, boosts happiness, increases curiosity and engagement, reduces anxiety and depression, soothes the pain of trauma, and helps kids (and adults) focus, learn, and make better choices. If that weren’t enough, research in neuroscience now shows that mindfulness significantly enhances what psychologists call “flourishing”—the opposite of depression and avoidance.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Christopher Willard is here to share the practical skills of mindfulness . In this inspiring presentation participants will gain real-world insights and tools to help all parents and family members evolve and grow into our best selves. Topics to be covered:

Less is More Parenting — how letting go of what’s no longer necessary creates space, freedom, and the possibility for something new
Building Wisdom and a Wiser Brain ? how to steer kids’ “under-construction” minds toward wise action
Releasing anxiety about over or under parenting and the desire for the “perfect” family
Growing Up with a Grit and Growth Mindset ? the best ways to encourage resilience and determination through reinforcing and rewarding the “growth mindset”
Finding Balance in a Broken World and Staying Steady through the Stress ? how to abide life’s inevitable ups and downs through the attitude of equanimity
The mindful use of technology and social media