#014: Pandemic Picture Book for Kids

#014: Pandemic Picture Book for Kids

May 8, 2021

Help your child with stress, remote learning and loneliness with this recently published pandemic picture book for kids by Delaware yoga and mindfulness instructor, Hiba Stancofski, "I Am Better Now."

This book gives anyone working with kids strategies to use today to help them calm down, find happiness and self-regulate during the stress of remote learning, being at home during covid, when things are not back to normal yet.

You will learn easy and simple yoga moves, positive affirmations and breathing exercises you can practice with your child or students at home or in school.

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#013: BONUS - Free STEM activities for Kids

#013: BONUS - Free STEM activities for Kids

April 29, 2021

Two former North Star students started an organization to bring free STEM activities to kids.


4 High school girls got together and created S.P.A.R.K.S. 



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They have their own website and recently, they have been zooming in to classes at North Star Elementary School to conduct virtual STEM lessons live during the school day.

Kids can access interactive lessons right on their website


Listen to this episode to learn why they started this project and learn how to log in so your child can have fun learning using these exciting and interactive STEM lessons. This is a great tool to use this summer for your kids during long car rides to the beach to keep their minds learning and growing. 


Sign up for their free STEM Fair in August.

Kids can work on their project all summer long and enjoy a virtual STEM Fair online via zoom in August with prizes for the winners!


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#012: Dr. Shahana Alibhai - Raising Kids to Be More Self-Aware, Empathetic and Connected

#012: Dr. Shahana Alibhai - Raising Kids to Be More Self-Aware, Empathetic and Connected

April 22, 2021

Family Doctor, and TedX Talk presenter on, "Emotional Literacy for Better Mental Health," Dr. Alibhai is known as a "Community Healer."

Dr. Alibhai's parents escaped Uganda as refugees and started their new life in Canada. 

She took classes at night at the young age of 16 and became a certified fitness instructor.

But, like each of us...she has a story.

After completing her residency in Family Medicine and birthing her first son, the stressors of life caught up with her as much as she knew a lot about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She found herself at rock bottom suffering with postpartum anxiety and feeling alone.

In her Ted Talk she mentions that we know all to well how to run ourselves down by saying we should be doing something we are not. And we listen to that internal dialogue running in our mind. The all too familiar negative self talk and just feel frustrated and guilty. 

"The first step is to learn to be self-aware." - Dr. Alibhai

Even though Dr. Alibhai studied nutrition, exercise and medicine for ten years, she finally found the missing link - HEALTHY THINKING.

Dr. Alibhai currently works in the largest health youth clinic in British Columbia. She works with young adults ages 12-24. 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from a mental health illness. 

Dr. Alibhai leaves us with the phrase she heard from the Toms shoe owner, Blake Mycoskie, "I AM ENOUGH."

This week stop and reflect on these three simple words. When I started to say to myself, "I am enough." My thoughts about myself began to change. Wow! What a powerful statement! How many times do we think,

"I need to work out more."

"I need to eat more healthy."

"I need to stop..."

"I need to do more of..."

"I need more..."

Catch yourself this week, and say to yourself, "You know what? I am enough."


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#011: Kids Do Well If They Can - Dr. Stuart Ablon

#011: Kids Do Well If They Can - Dr. Stuart Ablon

April 1, 2021

Managing Challenging Behavior in Kids - They Lack the Skill, Not the Will.

Kids with challenging behavior are tragically misunderstood. It’s time for a more compassionate and effective approach. 

Dr. Ablon is director of Think:Kids, a program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. (MGH)

MGH is the #1 ranked Department of Psychiatry in the US, and is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

Tired of meltdowns, nagging, yelling, and constant power struggles between you and your child? Is challenging behavior tearing your family apart? If behavior charts, rewards and punishments aren’t working, Dr. Ablon knows why!

Research shows challenging kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave.

Kids really do well if they can and if they aren't, it's up to us to find out why. Learn how on this podcast.


#010:“Before, During and After Divorce” with Attorney Renee Bauer: Being Happy Even After Divorce

#010:“Before, During and After Divorce” with Attorney Renee Bauer: Being Happy Even After Divorce

March 13, 2021

So many women are going through divorce, but so few are actually talking about it. 


Meet award-winning divorce attorney, published author, and founder of Bauer Law Group - Renee Bauer.


With nearly two decades of experience, Renee is committed to empowering all women to redefine their sense of peace and purpose in their new life. 


She is the host of the “Happy Even After” podcast that teaches women how to get through their divorce with their sanity intact and find their own version of happy. 


Is the prospect of getting through your divorce totally daunting? How about life after divorce? Renee Bauer, Esq., the author of the ‘D-Course’ knows all about how to face shame and uncertainty, having been divorced twice, she gets it. She will teach you how to create strategies for having the right mindset both during and after divorce. 


You can get her free video course on her website “First Steps to Freedom”


Here is another free video course and info about Renee's "D-Course"

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#009: Nancy Mann - Former Head of School - Padua Academy Shares How Mindfulness Helped Her Ease Into Retirement

#009: Nancy Mann - Former Head of School - Padua Academy Shares How Mindfulness Helped Her Ease Into Retirement

March 7, 2021

After 40 years in education, all of a sudden Cindy Mann felt alone.

She shares, “It is by stopping to breathe, that I am now on freedom’s road to great beauty, joy and gratefulness. All it took was to allow my spirit the time and space to seek freedom and peace.”

You can read more of her story at

Cindy shares, “I hope you take me up on the adventure of mindfulness and meditation. Life is full of miracles, but we must take time to experience them."

In her book, The Gift of Years – Growing Older Gracefully, Joan Chittister states, “It is fear of getting older that plagues us. Instead of seeing a long life as a gateway to the flowering of the spirit, the growing of the soul, we are far more likely in a culture geared toward movement and dexterity, physical beauty and public achievement, to see it as the coming of a wasteland.” 

Click the link below to buy the book - “The Gift of Years - Growing Older Gracefully”


#008: High School Seniors Stress Reduced With Mindfulness Practices

#008: High School Seniors Stress Reduced With Mindfulness Practices

February 28, 2021

Isabella Elliot and Emily Gallo - Meditation got them through 2020! Two seniors at Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware share their story of how their life changed the day they walked into Mr. Shelton’s Physics class where he begins each class with 3 minutes of silence. And they say every classroom in the US should start this way.

Isabella, a senior, believes that people in our society struggle with creating these positive thoughts and finding peace with themselves and one another. If more people meditated she believes our society would be more open-minded and people would be able to live more freely.

“Having meditation and mindfulness techniques truly helped me calm down the emotions that filled my body.” - Isabella Elliot

Emily, also a senior, wrote her Junior Research Paper on how meditation would be beneficial for students if implemented into classrooms nationwide. As a society, she shares, we definitely struggle with finding love within ourselves and within others, and she believes if more people meditated, society would become more peaceful and relationships would be stronger.

“Most importantly, I am grateful for the gift of mindfulness during this stressful year. Meditation genuinely got me through 2020. It helped me learn how to treat others, understanding that they are going through the same, if not a worse situation.” - Emily Gallo 

Read more of Emily and Isabella’s blogs including other students, staff and individuals impacted by the power of mindfulness and meditation practices.


#007: Ryan Shelton - Teens Under Pressure Use Mindfulness

#007: Ryan Shelton - Teens Under Pressure Use Mindfulness

February 23, 2021

In a Tedx Talk by Kira Willey, she said, "Imagine if every classroom in America started with a one minute mindful moment." Well Ryan Shelton is a Physics teacher at Padua Academy, and he does it!

His students shared that it improves their focus and concentration. 

Ryan Shelton leads the Science Department at Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware.

He’s hiked over 1700 miles, traveled to 5 continents, managed a bakery, started a meditation center, rafted the Grand Canyon and scuba dived on the Great Barrier Reef! 

Today, Ryan shares with us how he starts his all-girls high school science class with a 3 minute meditation and their testimony is shared on a blog that he started called “Loving Lives Delaware”. You can read more at

This simple act has improved the lives of not only Mr. Shelton’s students, but staff as well.

#006: Dr. Claudia Gold - Quick Diagnosis and Overmedication.

#006: Dr. Claudia Gold - Quick Diagnosis and Overmedication.

February 20, 2021

What’s Really Going On? Listening Changes the Brain says Dr. Gold.

Dr. Gold is a Pediatrician specializing in the area of infants and families. She is the director of the ‘Hello It’s Me Project,’ a community project in Western Massachusetts which teaches doctors and practitioners through her course how to support parent infant relationships in rural communities with high needs and low resources through her methodology and research. 

Dr. Gold gives parents hope in ways they can truly begin to understand and support the healthy development of their child. Her goal is to impact our next generation and put them on a different trajectory in this time of increased mental health needs and concerns that has us all worried.

In her book, “The Silenced Child,” Dr. Gold shares how behind every troublesome behavior there is always a story crying to be heard.

Dr. Gold’s hope is to empower parents to learn more about their child from the minute they are born and how to watch, observe and learn what your child needs. Listen how Dr. Gold explains how to take a stance of wonder and curiosity asking yourself, “What is this behavior really about?” and being respectful of what your child is bringing. 

Dr. Gold shares with us how children are being silenced and their development stunted in the age of quick diagnosis and overmedication. In her book, ‘The Silenced Child’ she shows the tremendous power of listening in promoting growth and healing. When we pause for a moment of human connection and communication, we discover a path to healing. 

Links to her books

The Developmental Science of Early Childhood

The Silenced Child

Keeping Your Child in Mind

The Power of Discord (2020)


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#005: Random Acts of Kindness Week - 4 months, 1 crazy runner, 3,076 miles coast to coast.

#005: Random Acts of Kindness Week - 4 months, 1 crazy runner, 3,076 miles coast to coast.

February 15, 2021

Have you ever heard of Emery’s Thunder Run to raise funds for cancer? The 3,100 mile coast to coast run across the U. S. is designed to raise awareness about Neuroblastoma, a cancer affecting children that is extremely challenging to successfully fight and one that is grossly underfunded when it comes to research.

Peter Halper is that crazy runner, Emery’s great uncle, on our show today to share, “The strongest compelling desire that motivates me in running is that the hurting, those that I run for, will feel even the faintest whisper of “I am seen,” says Peter Halper.

Running has become my whisper to them and their parents. My way of saying “I see you” and I am doing all that I can to help.

Join me on this Random Acts of Kindness week as we give back to this very special foundation.

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