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How to Improve Memory and Relish its Importance in Daily Life

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak

There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.
(Hamlet Act IV, Scene V)

Rosemary herb plant

From the encyclopaedia we learn that memory is the brain’s ability to store, retain and recall information. It was originally a topic that was studied by philosophers, but in the 20th century psychologists studied memory, and it fell into the field of cognitive psychology or cognitive neuroscience. Memory can be looked at from many angles, but it is the combination of short and long-term memory that we are interested in when we are looking at our own learning progress or hoping for our children’s success. Read more

When a Child is Born a Grandparent is Born Too

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak

Newborn baby © Dawn Wickhorst Chachula

A new baby is like the beginning of all things—wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.

-Eda J LeShan

Recently I became a grandmother and was surprised as my friends complimented me on my beaming smile and aura of radiance. At first I was dumbfounded by this new state of being; having never really relished the thought of becoming a grandmother. It used to conjure up images of being old, and the premise that old age is not valued or respected in our western society. This appears to be true especially for women who try to hide their age, are ashamed of their wrinkles and loathe the thought of being called ‘Granny’. I sought out others who have had this identity of grandparent bestowed upon them and there was a common theme that filled our conversations… Read more

How Can Your Smile Make a Child Thrive?

by Dr Angel Adams; Dr Pilar Placone

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

-Thich Nhat Hanh-

Smiling child

© Emma Louise Brett 2010

A few weeks ago I went to a conference in California and met up with a colleague, Dr Pilar Placone, who I had not seen in over 20 years. After all these years it was delightful to discover that we had so much in common. In our clinical practice we resonated with similar interests in neuroscience and therapeutic approaches; especially parent-child attachment therapy and mindfulness. I felt very privileged to have been invited to one of Dr Placone’s parent classes. I watched how her program helped guide parents to a more connected state within themselves which created a deeper connection, a “felt sense” within their child. Mindfulness is a way of observing thoughts, feelings and sensory input in the present moment without reacting, distracting, or escaping from them, but rather learning to accept them in a non-judgemental way. The following article written by Pilar is about how the simple, yet powerful act of smiling can reduce stress and enhance the parent-child bond (no matter how old your child is)… Read more

Respect is the Key to Your Child’s Success

“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.”

– U. Thant

Last week in the newsletter the word Respect was mentioned in the framework of meditation. Respect is such an important concept that we decided to write more on this subject. Parents are the most important role model in their children’s lives, and it is crucial that they set the example of being respectful to themselves, to their children and to all others. Children are like mirrors because they reflect back to us much of what we say and do. 95% of everything learned by children is through what is modelled to them, with only 5% learned by way of direct instruction. What we communicate is what we teach and our language is the language that they will speak. Read more