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
Interesting read. Several schools in the US are using an online gaming platform as part of a larger character education program.

Online Gaming Platform Aims to Teach Social and Emotional Skills
Some inspiration to spread some kindness on a Monday morning. "One kind word can change someone's entire day"
"B.C. kindergartners are more often struggling with emotional vulnerability, according to a report released Wednesday by University of B.C. researchers."

UBC study finds one-third of B.C. kindergartners vulnerable, more have...
Thank you to everyone who attended Heart-Mind 2016! Here's a video of students (age 8-10) from Surrey, British Columbia reflecting on their lives and sharing their wisdom about how adults can cultivate resilience.

Resilience Through Their Eyes

How can we Cultivate Resilience? Students (age 8-10) from Surrey, British Columbia reflect on their lives and share their wisdom about how adults...