This week is National Family Week! To celebrate this special week, we will be posting daily to our blog and to our Facebook page various topics that families might find interesting. We begin the week with thoughts and opportunities related to mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one's attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment, which can be trained by meditational practices derived from Buddhist anapanasati. As parents, it can be very difficult to be mindful and present because there are so many distractions and stresses pulling our focus.
The Dalai Lama is returning to Vancouver to engage and inspire prominent thought leaders from business, education and the community to ‘be the village’ to expand a focus on heart-mind well-being in children and youth in British Columbia. We have two free tickets to this conversation taking place on Tuesday 21 October, 2014. We are collecting names of those interested and able to attend this event. At the end of the week, we will draw a name out of all those collected.
Also, the Mount Pleasant Family Centre is part of the Windows of Opportunity Early Childhood Development Table, the participants of which hope to put on a Heart-Mind Conference for families in 2015. Until we have more information about this conference, we encourage you to take on the Heart-Mind Challenge and let us know about your experience!
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Circles of Care and Connection, the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society's program for refugee families with young children, is pleased to be part of the new Welcome House being built on Victoria Drive near East 10th Avenue. Ground has been broken, and construction has started!
Thanks so much for your support!
All Members Welcome at the Annual General Meeting
for the Mount Pleasant Family Centre
October 21, Tuesday 5:30 - 7:30 PM
The evening will begin with a potluck dinner (provided by the existing Board members) all together upstairs in the playroom. After dinner, the adults will go downstairs for the meeting and the children will stay upstairs to play with the childcare providers.
Please note: Only those people with current memberships are allowed to voteand/or become board members. You are welcome to update your membership online or in person at the drop-in before the meeting. Membership fees will not be collected at the AGM.
Thank you for your continued participation. We hope to see you at the AGM!
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Many thanks to Morgan Reid, a local dad and member of the Family Centre, who facilitated discussions today related to media and technology. He left us with a few resource lists that we will have available for the next week or so. Here are a few links from Morgan's list:
From Common Sense Media
Books to Read
Understanding Media and Screen Time Effects on Children:
Understanding Brain Development
Advertising and Corporate Pursuit of Children
Childhood Under Siege by Joel Bakan
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The Mt. Pleasant Family Centre recieved the following letter from Libby Davies in response to the postcard campaign organized by CAPC (Community Action Program for Children) and CPNP (Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program). Many thanks to all of our parents and caregivers who filled out a postcard telling our government officials just how important our services are to you and your children.