SIT WITH US: Conscious Parenting

Our last online SIT WITH US was with school counselor, Lisa Richter, who walked us through tips and tricks for navigating this time with children. She included so many amazing resources that we wanted to share them with you! Read more below.






1. Good Life Practice: A Quick Start Guide to Mindful Self-Regulation  by Dave Mochel


2. Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens + Teens - Updated and Expanded, by Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D. & Jennifer Wyatt Ph.D.


3. The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired by Dan Siegal and Tina Payne Bryson


4. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thriveby Dan Siegal and Tina Payne Bryson


5. No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Dan Siegal and Tina Payne Bryson


6. The companion workbook for families called No-Drama Discipline Workbook: Exercises, Activities, and Practical Strategies to Calm The Chaos and Nurture Developing Minds


YouTube Videos by both Tina Payne Bryson and Dan Siegal about those books and the concepts: 

No Drama Discipline in a Nutshell by Tina Payne Bryson 


Overview of NO DRAMA DISCIPLINE Principles by Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.


Articles + Resource Lists:


1. "Agonizing Over Screen Time? Follow the Three C’s. Parents can let down their guard a bit. What matters is child, content and context." NYT Article By Erika R. Cheng and Trac


2. That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief - Harvard Business Review 


3. Podcast - A Mom’s Retreat with Lynn Lyons


4. Screenagers - Anxiety: What Every Young Person Should Know 


5. Daily Reflection Questions  From the Greater Good Science Center 


What am I GRATEFUL for today?




What expectations of “normal” am I LETTING GO OF today?




How am I MOVING MY BODY today?


What BEAUTY am I either creating, cultivating or inviting in today? 


6. Pacific Preparatory's recommended list of resources for at-home learning.  The document includes: A printable schedule template; Best practices for online learning (including tech recommendations); Resources you can use at home (by grade range); Resources for Social Emotional Learning (SEL); Our top book recommendations (by age); Great podcasts for children/teens (ages 3-15)



Webinars (Upcoming + Pre-Recorded):


1. Children’s Health Council Webinar: Managing Stress with Mindfulness Strategies (April 21). 

Attend this session to help your kids develop habits and responses that reduce their worries with mindfulness strategies. Presented by Patrice Crisostomo, PhD, Clinical Program Manager and Licensed Psychologist at CHC and Madison Sunnquist, MA, Doctoral Psychology Intern at CHC.


2. Upcoming Webinar: Children's Health Council Webinar: Responding to Your Child's Challenging Behavior (April 22).  Attend this session to learn about some effective strategies you can use to respond to your child’s challenging behavior. Presented by Kendra Fraka, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Behavior Specialist at CHC. 


3. Upcoming & weekly Friday Webinar: Dan Sigel MD's PEPP MWe Friday Discussion. Live every Friday for the foreseeable future at 1:00 p.m. PST. Follow me on Crowdcast to stay in touch and join in the discussions. Practice resilience-building skills, explore the mind and discuss questions that arise as we are sheltering in place. Come join the growing PEPP MWe Up Community as we weave the foundations of synergy, subjectivity, science, spirituality, and service.


4. Nina Kaiser, PhD: Online fee-based series for parents:


Recorded Webinars:


1. Making Homeschool Work for your Family: Resources and Tips for Sustainable At-Home Education" - K-12 webinar with Lexie Papedo Gasparini, Director of Advancement for Pacific Preparatory


2. "Strategies for Engaging Elementary-Aged Students in Remote Learning"  ( -  PreK-5 Parent Webinar with Lexie Papedo Gasparini, Director of Advancement for Pacific Preparatory


3. Video Panel for Parents: “Parenting In the Age of Coronavirus”


4. Dave Mochel: TedEX - What Are you Practicing Right Now?


Websites with information on parenting, managing stress, worry + anxiety: 


1. Lynn Lyons, LICSW - Helping Anxious Kids & Families Manage Anxiety


2. Dave Mochel - Mindfulness Coach; Applied Attention Website


3. Dan Siegel, MD - Inspire to Rewire


4. Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life


5. Parents Place - Online Parent Education 


6. PracticeSF - Mindful Parenting



For all of those who couldn't make it - Don't worry! Follow the discussion here. 


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