Greenwood Events
May30

Greenwood Events

At Greenwood our communities are so important to us. We are passionate about embracing our communities, neighbourhoods, current families and new families! We welcome you to join us as one of our upcoming events! Bring your family and friends and experience the Greenwood way. July 2017  Greenwood Frenchs Forest FREE Family Fun Event! Bring your family and friends to our FREE Family Fun Day at Greenwood Frenchs Forest! Where: Greenwood Frenchs Forest, 9/25 Frenchs Forest Road East, Allambie Grove, Frenchs Forest, NSW 2086 When: 9am-12pm, 15th July 2017 What To Expect: This is a free community event at our beautiful Greenwood Frenchs Forest centre. With amazing food, children’s entertainment including face painting, balloon twisting, yoga,  and French sessions for kids and families, special appearances by Peppa and George pig, mini petting zoo and much more! Learn More about Greenwood Frenchs Forest!  ...

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Practising Mindful Eating with Lynette Bolton
May10

Practising Mindful Eating with Lynette Bolton

Lynette Carroll Bolton from Love LCB is sharing her top tips for practising mindful eating.   As I am writing this blog my two gorgeous girls are sitting at the bench enjoying a snack. My little one, two years old, is going at it a million miles an hour. Apple is being stuffed into her mouth, there’s fidgeting and arms flailing around whilst she tries to share a story. Her mouth is certainly finding it hard to keep up with her thoughts. In stark contrast my five year old is eating slowly and deliberately, concentrating on each mouthful. This is quite intentional, and in fact she loves to tell me when she is ‘eating mindfully like the Monks’. The Monks she is referring to are the Gyuto Monks who visited Australia last year. I took Siarra to one of their workshops on ‘Mindful Eating’. Since that workshop she has noticeably slowed down her eating and become more focused.   What is Mindful Eating? Mindful eating is the process of taking the time to listen to what your body is telling you about hunger and food satisfaction. In this day and age when everything is done at a squillion miles an hour, we must bring intention to our eating. We need to pay attention to how food makes us feel both during and after a meal. By doing so, we are able to develop a happier, healthier, more conscious and deliberate relationship with food.  Not to mention allowing us to enjoy what we are eating ten fold!   It is actually incredibly easy and quite enjoyable. Next time you are having a meal take the time to sit down and actually experience your meal. Touch your food, smell your food, feel the food in your mouth and actually experience what it tastes like in your mouth. And if a whole meal sounds too much for this then you can always start with something more manageable – for one minute or fifteen mouthfuls for example.   Why not try this with a scoop of gelato? Experience the way it melts in your mouth, how it smells, it’s texture and creaminess. It is the perfect afternoon sweet treat to practice mindful eating with the kids. Lynette Carroll Bolton is a television and radio presenter, wedding and events planner, wellness entrepreneur and blogger and most importantly mumma to beautiful Siarra and Piper! You can find Lynette at lovelcb.com or on Instagram @lovelcb_ and facebook.  Photography by Lynette Carroll...

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Mindful Parenting and How to Make a Mindful Home
Apr06

Mindful Parenting and How to Make a Mindful Home

Lynette Carroll Bolton from Love LCB has stopped by the Greenwood blog to share tips on how we can bring the art of mindfulness into our parenting.  What is mindfulness?  Mindfulness is a term that we hear used all the time in our ever increasingly health and wellness focused society. In fact, it is quite difficult to open a magazine, turn on the TV or read a health and wellness blog without learning about the latest mindfulness technique taking the world by storm.   To me, mindfulness is the art of being in the current moment. It is about being 150% in the here and now, not worrying about what has happened in the past or thinking about what is going to happen in the future. To be mindful is the art of being aware of what is happening both internally and externally. We have to be able to acknowledge our current situation without passing any judgment whatsoever on what is happening.   When putting this into practice as a parent, and in turn fostering mindful parenting, we can create an environment for our kids filled with self compassion, self acceptance and self awareness. And, as with most behaviours viewed by kids, the more we can showcase this skill ourselves the more our little ones will mirror our conduct.   Some of my favourite ways to bring mindfulness into my parenting and at home include: Putting my phone down, switching off the TV and unplugging the iPad. It is so easy to waste hours on end with technology. These days I make a conscious effort to get my screen time in when the little ones are out or in bed. Establishing a regular family mindfulness practice. This can be as easy as sitting together and undertaking breathing exercises. Even just for a minute or two. Being able to sit still and breath is not only an amazing stress relief for both big and little ones it is an amazingly simply mindfulness technique that you can do together as a family. Going for a walk in the garden, lying in the grass and watching the clouds or just sitting and listening to the birds chirping in the backyard. Be intentional and conscious of the environment around you. Feel, touch, listen, see. You’ll be amazed at how many different things you will notice. Lynette Carroll Bolton is a television and radio presenter, wedding and events planner, wellness entrepreneur, blogger and most importantly mumma to beautiful Siarra and Piper! You can find Lynette at lovelcb.com or on Instagram @lovelcb_ and facebook.  Photography by Lynette Carroll...

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Create Calm, Caring and Mindful Children
Mar10

Create Calm, Caring and Mindful Children

Our Greenwood Yogi, Beth Borowsky has stopped by the blog to share how we can bring mindful practices into the lives of our little ones at home.  Mindfulness – or learning how to focus your attention on the present moment – is a big buzz phenomenon amongst adults and even school-aged children. But did you know that kids as young as 3 can be taught mindfulness techniques too?   Having taught kids yoga for 12 years, I am constantly humbled and heartened by their abilities to get quiet and focus their attention on their breath and body movements. It may just be for a minute or ninety seconds, but the calm attention is profound, and lays the foundations for being more in touch with how their body feels.  It allows for deeper sensorial experiences (using their senses to explore), understanding more about how they feel emotionally and, as importantly, how others feel.   Cultivating empathy and compassion from such a young age gives kids the social and emotional tools to support their learning and to manage their stress, making them more rounded individuals who are willing to care and share as they learn to read and write, play and explore.   Bringing mindfulness into children’s lives is something the Kids Yoga team does with your children during their yoga sessions. If you’d like to cultivate mindfulness with your child in your own home, why not try these fun activities: Belly Breathing Lie your child down on their back somewhere comfortable – bed, couch, in the garden. Place their favourite soft toy (like a beanie baby) on their belly. Invite them to breathe in through their nose for a count of 3, and out for a count of 3. Watching how their toy rises as they inhale and falls as they exhale. You can increase the count to 5 or 6 with practice. Start with just 5 deep breaths and slowly build to 10 or more. A Mindful Walk  Take a silent and slow stroll together through the park. Before you begin the silent walk, decide that you’re going to either: Listen out for different sounds Notice the different coloured flowers Notice different smells Feel different textures under your feet Mindful Munching  Let your child choose their favourite food and have them eat it really really slowly. Being mindful to notice the taste, the texture, the colour, or the temperature. Beth Borowsky has a Masters in Early Childhood & Montessori Preschool Teaching and is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Kids Yoga Teacher and Kids Yoga Teacher Trainer. The incredible Karma Kids Yoga Team are dedicated to bringing yoga and mindfulness to children’s lives, equipping...

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Top 10 Wellbeing Tips for Mums
Mar02

Top 10 Wellbeing Tips for Mums

Rhiannon Colarossi from The Wellbeing Web shares with us practical tips on how to manage the everyday challenges. Raising young children can be a wonderful experience, filled with joy however it often also comes with daily challenges and feelings of exhaustion and overwhelm. The following wellbeing tips are a great starting point for mums wanting to boost how they feel each day as they raise their young children.   Value your Wellbeing. Choose to make feeling good a priority. Consistently check-in with, nurture and celebrate your wellbeing each and everyday.   Gain Clarity. Explore and become clear on how you are really doing in all 5 dimensions of wellbeing. It’s a wonderful starting point that helps you identify which dimension most needs your attention.   The 5 Wellbeing Dimensions Be Present. Focus your time and energy in the present moment as much as possible (it can be so easy to get distracted). Be conscious about your little daily choices and make time to enjoy the everyday moments.   Monitor your Self Talk. Be aware of the way you talk to yourself. Are you talking to yourself with love and kindness? Be mindful of your inner-talk and check in regularly to ensure your tone is positive.   Embrace Self Kindness. Being kind to yourself is essential. Treat yourself as you would a good friend and be self-compassionate whilst being on the journey of motherhood.   Nurture your Relationships. As a mum, your social wellbeing is invaluable. Invest your love, time and energy in your most cherished and supportive relationships.   Schedule Rest. Incorporate mini breaks into your day. For example; Carve out time to enjoy a cup of tea before you start the household chores.   Play Everyday. Give yourself permission to play and make time for fun. Play is often undervalued but is such a precious gift to yourself and your family. Embrace light-heartedness.   Start Positively. Begin your day with a PAP (Positive Action Plan). As soon as you wake, ask yourself these three questions… How do I want to feel today? What am I grateful for? What are my top 3 priorities? The PAP helps you to set the tone for your day.   Forgive Quickly. Let go of mini mistakes and make better choices next time. Self-criticism is a waste of your precious time and energy. Celebrate and acknowledge the good in each day. VALUE, NURTURE & CELEBRATE YOUR WELLBEING…EVERYDAY! To connect with Rhiannon Colarossi and learn more effective wellbeing tools and strategies to help you feel more peaceful, even on the busiest of days visit her website...

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How to Avoid a Tech Tantrum
Feb27

How to Avoid a Tech Tantrum

Yikes. We’ve all been there – peace and quiet being broken by the unleashing of the pint sized tech-obsessed tantrum monster. Windows shake, doors slam, empires fall…well, at least that’s what it feels like. Whilst it is somewhat reassuring to know that in this technology obsessed landscape, tech tantrums are a regular and normal part of a child’s existence, it is worthwhile knowing your child’s triggers, and what to do when the inevitable strikes. Enforce Guidelines for Tech Time Make sure that your child knows exactly what is expected of them before they pick up the device. Not only will this routine make tech time a regimented experience, but it will make your own life a little bit easier as well, taking the stress off of you. Forward planning is always the way to go in situations like this. Remember to remain consistent when enforcing your family media rules. Empower your little one Provide cues and reminders when time is about to lapse so your little one can prepare to transition away from their device. Give your child the role of switching the device off themselves when time does lapse. It is far more empowering to allow your child to take control and responsibility, as opposed to you taking the device directly from their hands. Use a clock Children are much less likely to talk back to a clock than their parents! This allows children to keep a track of the time themselves. It’s the perfect way to introduce time knowledge to your child’s education, if they are having trouble mastering it or just learning. Blame it on the clock, it works a treat. Have the next activity ready to avoid a tantrum Nothing spells the end of a brewing tantrum than having another exciting activity ready to jump into! Not only can this take the trauma out of the end of tech time, but it provides the perfect distraction for your child to refocus away from the screen and into something much more proactive. Just make sure it is something they enjoy. This can include: Outdoor time to let their eyes have a break Moving onto a more hands-on craft activity Helping out with chores Reading a book Pull out an age appropriate board game or puzzle Cooking! Have your little one lend a helping hand in the kitchen For more information on taking tantrums out of tech time, head over to Dr Kristy’s website here. Dr Kristy Goodwin is a leading children’s technology, learning and development expert, speaker and author.  Her book Raising Your Child in a Digital World arms parents with essential research-based information and helpful ways to use technology. Ditch your...

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