In today's stress-packed world, more and more people are looking for easy ways to relieve their stress and anxiety. A great place to start is to practice mindfulness — not only ourselves but our children as well. Being mindful means focusing on the present to find inner peace. What is something you love that brings you peace? It could be listening to your favorite music, going outside, or even meditating! Whatever it may be, it's so important to make sure we take five minutes out of our day with our kids to practice mindfulness. In this episode of Finger Painting the Future, Florence Ann and Joe speak with Adam Avin, teen mental health education advocate & founder of Wuf Shanti Children's Wellness Foundation, about how we can practice mindfulness with our children. Tune in to hear how thinking well can positively impact our lives.
About our guest: Adam Avin is a teen mental health education advocate and is the youngest meditation instructor at Yoga International. He created the Wuf Shanti Children's Wellness Foundation, which teaches mindfulness and social-emotional learning to kids. Adam also has been in many publications and gave a TEDxYouth Talk about getting mindful and social-emotional learning programs into our education system and using our voice to make a positive difference in the world.
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It doesn’t matter whether it’s a toddler or teenager, today’s parents are overwhelmed with a never ending list of head scratching heart pumping questions that leave them searching for the answers on how to raise a good child. Join the Windy City Nanny, Florence Ann Romano and renowned educator Joseph Fatheree on Finger Painting The Future, a podcast that will help you search for solutions to the questions that keep parents up at night.
My Nana and Papa (AKA my grandparents) lived with my family for years, and they helped me understand what it means to care for a child. Seeing them look after my siblings and parents taught me one very important lesson: it really does take a village. Letting other people into our hearts isn’t a sign of weakness. If anything, it only makes us stronger!
I am a former nanny of 15 years and an active childcare advocate.
Today, I’m a proud member of the Board of Directors at the Children’s Research Fund, an incredible organization that supports the pediatric research at Lurie Children’s Hospital here in Chicago. I’m also a founding member of Sesame Street’s Leadership Council, and I look after the honorary kids in my life on the daily. They call me “Auntie Lo”––stinkin’ cute, I know!
I’m always inspired by my family and friends and I try to live by the motto, “Have courage and be kind.” Life is all about being positive; pushing boundaries; opening your heart; and letting in the love. I truly believe parents will experience beautiful breakthroughs in their homes if they simply ask for help––and that’s what I am here to do… to encourage and empower you to be the best you can be by letting love in.
Joe Fatheree is an award winning author, educator, and filmmaker. He has received numerous educational awards, including the 2007 Illinois Teacher of the Year, 2009 NEA Member Benefits Award, and he was a Top 10 Finalist for the 2016 Global Teacher Prize.
He was recently named one of the Top 10 Teachers in the World by the Varkey Foundation. He served as the Director of Strategic Projects for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. and is the instructor of creativity and innovation at Effingham High School in Illinois. He currently serves on an advisory board for the Institute for Ethical AI in Education in the United Kingdom.
Fatheree’s television work has aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel, Hulu, and the MLB Network. He is the recipient of 3 Mid America Emmy Awards and a Telly.