Nurturing Resilience: Nine Things Children Need from their Parents, Schools and Communities with Dr. Michael Ungar [ Link ]

Michael Ungar | Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education
Did you know correctly identifying and labeling how we are feeling has a soothing impact on our brains, helping us to calm down? By connecting with children through reading we can help them learn to name and understand their emotions. #EmotionalLiteracy #NameItToTameIt [ Link ]

Secure and Calm: Sharing a Book
On International Women's Day equality matters!

Countries that are the most gender equal are also the countries that score highest on the happiness scale.
Join the Dalai Lama Center for a workshop dedicated to learning how to promote HEART-MIND WELL-BEING in children and youth!

We have a number of workshops coming up that we will be hosted at the Dalai Lama Center over the next few months. To find out more infornation about the workshop and to buy tickets please go to [ Link ]

Heart-Mind Workshop

Today, Pink Shirt Day, is a day to practice kindness! Let’s stand together against bullying.

In British Columbia, for every positive message posted on social media using #PinkShirtPromise between February 6-22, 2017, Shaw and Coast Capital will donate $1 to the CKNW Orphans’ Fund to support local bullying prevention programs.
On Valentine's Day it's good to remember that your relationship with your partner has a profound impact on your child's well-being.

What helps relationships to work?

Science says lasting relationships come down to kindness and generosity:

"In most marriages, levels of satisfaction drop dramatically within the first few years together. But among couples who not only endure, but live happily...
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The Secret to Love Is Just Kindness
It's Family Day Weekend in British Columbia!

What's the most important thing to do as a parent?

Adele Diamond: The most important thing to do as a parent.
Fascinating article: How Iceland Got Teens to Say No to Drugs

How Iceland Got Teens to Say No to Drugs
The BC Council for Families is excited to introduce a new workshop for those professionals working with youth!

The Hypersexualisation of Youth: Supporting Youth to Navigate and Resist Images in Media

Monday, February 20, 2017; 9:00-10:30 AM at Mount Pleasant
Neighbourhood House in the West Hall

Register here: [ Link ]

Trainings | BC Council for Families
Interesting read: What Does a Compassionate Workplace Look Like?

Why empathetic teams make better business deals, how more caring leaders can help prevent corporate scandals, and the steps for cultivating compassion at work.

What Does a Compassionate Workplace Look Like?
Event postponed until May 11th, 2017!

Please join SEL BC and Kimberly Schonert-Reichl for an evening with Mark Greenberg and Christa Turksma called Educator TLC: Teach and Lead with Compassion on May 11th, 2017. It will be an evening focussing on how teacher mindfulness can lead to systemic changes that better support compassionate and caring school environments.

Advanced Ticket Only $80.00...
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Educator TLC: Teach and Lead with Compassion
Did you know a recent cross-sectional survey of 3235 Canadian adolescents revealed that 70% get fewer than the recommended number of hours of sleep per night?

Winter break is a perfect time to check in with children and youth about their sleep habits to start the new year on the right sleep track. Read more about the impact of sleep on well being on

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A Better Night's Sleep for All
Emerging research on touch shows how wide an effect it has on our social and emotional development. With children home from school and temperatures dropping what a great opportunity to cuddle with your loved ones with a good book or while enjoying a mug of hot cocoa.

And don’t forget to make time for your own self care- the benefits of massage therapy are astounding!

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Affection, Touch and Well-being
During this sometimes busy and stressful holiday season take time to help children and families connect with each other and practice being mindful. This resource from includes some great activities to try this holiday season!

Mindful Activities for Families
An inspiring reminder from the Dalai Lama to be optimistic. "We should [have} a more optimistic attitude... be truthful, honest." [ Link ]

Be Optimistic

His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks about the importance of optimism at the end of a two day interactive dialogue with United States Institute of...

Inspiring article: The Power of Kindness. "Happiness researcher Sean Achor demonstrated through his extensive research that if you perform random acts of kindness for two minutes a day for twenty-one days, you can actually retrain your brain to be more positive."

The Huffington Post