Parent Enrichment

Mindfulness Programs 

Links to the sessions and content:


Handout of Mindfulness Exercises for Kids

COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit

Ensuring Children and Young People’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Well-being:

For Parents: 

  • The Ten Percent:

    Research continues to demonstrate that one of the most time effective things parents can do right now to take care of their mind and body in these times of heightened stress, is to incorporate mindfulness more regularly into their routine. For some, this could mean starting a formal meditation practice, for others, this could mean just integrating a few new daily habits throughout their day that facilitate being more present and focused. The Ten Percent app has been offering free resources through their website and app to facilitate this aim by sharing meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and discussions with leaders to help people build resilience and find calm amidst the chaos. 

  • Yale Science of Well-Being:
    When the pandemic began, Yale started offering one of their most popular classes, entitled the Science of Well-Being, to the general public for free. You can complete it online at your own pace. In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life. 

Past Speaker Content:

The WCPA's Parent Enrichment Team organizes various talks and workshops throughout the year.  Below you can find some of the material shared by past speakers.

  • Smart Financial Planning for Your Family's Future (October 2019)
    Cynthia Shepherd from Northwestern Mutual presented on financial planning for young families and shared a  "New Parents Financial Planning Checklist" and a wealth of information in the packet "Saving for College with Confidence."  You are welcome to contact Cynthia directly if you would like more information or have any questions you would like to explore.

  • Raising Children in the Digital Age (May 2018)
    Digital learning specialist, Kerry Gallagher, discussed key research findings on the upsides and downsides of technology's impact on children's growth and development.  In her talk she touched on the role of parents and educators in navigating this space and shared best practices and strategies for a healthy and thoughtful approach to technology at school, home, and work.  Check out her resource guide to children and technology.
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