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Embrace New Beginnings

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
– Seneca

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I didn’t expect this day to come so soon. I find myself daydreaming about her first steps, her first belly laugh, her first sleepover at Nana’s house. When I sit on the floor and play with her now… I think about how she loved backing up into my lap with a book when she was two, or how she snuggled on my chest while I rocked her, or how she would play with her kitchen set for hours at the age of three. So many moments. So many milestones. So many chapters.

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Embrace Self-Care

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, you are worth the effort.”
– Deborah Day

Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.

Self-care is define as “care provided ‘for you, by you.’ It’s about identifying your own needs and taking steps to meet them. It is taking the time to do some of the activities that nurture you. Self-care is about taking proper care of yourself and treating yourself as kindly as you treat others.”

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Embrace Nature and Outdoor Play

“Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them.”
– The Audubon Nature Preschool

When our children move on, we hope they remember how much fun it was to explore and investigate

From expressing creativity, individuality, and imaginative play to running freely, bare-foot to making messes without the worry of dirtying the home… there are numerous reasons little ones benefit from outdoor play. In addition to fun and positive reasons, there are also many health benefits that make outdoor play beneficial for littles. Psychologists believe that a child’s brain develops at a much faster rate when outdoor play is incorporated than for those who play strictly indoors.

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Embracing Your Inner Child

“We nurture our creativity when we release our inner child. Let it run and roam free. It will take you on a brighter journey.”
– Serina Hartwell

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Our “inner child” is the source of our vitality and creativity. The concept of our “inner child” is that deep within each of us, is the memory of the child outgrown, and this “inner child” continues to live and interact with the present, even as it reflects the past. Developing a relationship with your inner child can heal emotional problems from childhood as well as help you embrace your inner creativity and imagination.

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Embrace Forgiveness – Part 2

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

mother and sonMy eight-year-old son had an altercation at school last week that left us feeling deflated as a family. He came home from school with a swollen, bloody lip because a boy punched him in the face at recess. Remaining calm and focused was immensely important as I listened attentively to what my son said that afternoon. As a parent, teacher or health care worker, it is important to listen, stay focused, and remain calm when talking about bullying or altercations with a little one. Once we moved past the fact that he would heal physically and there was no long term damage to his lip… we then began discussing his emotional health and spirit. We talked as a family about the confusion he was feeling, the hurt, the sadness, and the next steps.

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Embracing Change in the New Year

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
– Charles Darwin

Maine Wildlife SignAh, change. Do you embrace this beautiful and inevitable constant in life: change? Without change… life is stale, limited, and minimal. Without change… there isn’t growth. Babies are born, littles turn into adults, adults grow into elderly folks… and the circle of life continues. Relationships end, new chapters begin, love comes and flows. Nothing is untouched by change; even in nature, a flower doesn’t live forever, regardless of how beautiful it is. Yet each year, we are blessed with more gifts, joys, and love… all while being faced with challenges, hardship, and lessons.

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Embrace Story Sharing

“We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.”
– Jonathan Gottschall

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We all have a beautiful story to share. Don’t ignore or disregard your story; own it and embrace it. All too often we hide our truth from others because we are fearful they might judge us, think less of us, or “unfriend” us. And as we grow older, we often forget how much we are actually comforted by story-sharing. Just ask any little one what they want to do before bedtime, and their answer would likely be, “Tell me a story!” The fixed routine of a bedtime story before sleeping has a relaxing effect. The soothing voice of the person telling the story allows for a calm atmosphere in which the child can more easily fall asleep. This emotional response creates a bond between the storyteller and the listener.

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Embrace Creativity

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”­
– Osho

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We’re born creative, however, we are not alike in our creativity. We use our creativity in different ways and in different areas of life. The only mistake when thinking about creativity, is thinking we don’t have any. Here’s a fun exercise: Think of five things you could do with a new box of crayons. Now notice how thinking of those five things made you feel. If you laughed at the silliness of your ideas, you’re feeling one of the positive benefits of creativity and you didn’t have to write a single sentence or draw a single line.

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Embrace the Fall Routine

“Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.” ­
– Dr. Suess

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Littles are typically feeling two emotions when fall rolls around: excitement and nervousness. Getting back into a routine can be an adjustment for both littles and parents. One great idea is to start small and slow; ease into the ‘back to school’ routine a few weeks before the actual first day of school. Anytime there is an abrupt change within a littles life, numerous feelings flood their mind; such as anxiety, confusion, or nervousness. This is why easing back into the fall routine is so very important, to keep your little calm, aware, and excited about the transition. Make the night before count. In addition to brushing their teeth and washing their hands, add picking out their clothes to the nighttime routine. Build in some scheduled reading time before bed or in the afternoon, this will assist you with easing into ‘homework’ time. Most importantly, and my favorite tip, is talk with your littles. Talk with them about the upcoming school year, help them set personal goals for themselves, make a chart that helps with homework, goals, and/or time management. Reassure them, the precious beings they are, that it is okay to feel nervous but encourage them to get excited about a new chapter in their little lives. They feel what you feel…so be aware of your own facial expressions and body language. Tell them and show them just how exciting this new school year will be!

– Jessica Smith, B.S.

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Remain Positive

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” ­
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Child chilling in leaves

Remain positive. Positive thinking…it can sound simple, but often, not easy. Our life consists of ups and downs, challenges and changes, however, we often can forget the benefits of remaining positive. Buddha once said, “We are what we think.” This is why it’s so important to consistently choose a positive way of thinking and make an optimistic attitude – habit or second nature. There are numerous advantages of being positive, let me share with you just a few.

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