Tag: smile

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

“You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”: The Importance of Laughter and Humour in Daily Family Life

by Dr Angel Adams, Dr Patricia Papciak

Time spent laughing is time spent with the Gods.

– Japanese Proverb

Image: A laughing kitten

Would you like to laugh more with your children and spend less time fussing and arguing? In this article we want to tell you the important reasons to add more humour into your interactions, encourage your child to develop a sense of humour and explain why it is crucial for you to increase your own entertaining repertoire. We will start first with some definitions. Humour is what makes something funny, whereas a sense of humour is the ability to recognise it. Thus, an individual with a strong sense of humour has the ability to not only identify what’s funny but can entertain as well! What is laughter? Read more