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Kellie Edwards is a facilitator of mindfulness in the family and beyond. She runs group workshops and individual coaching sessions integrating mindfulness practices and the psychology of flourishing.

She is a qualified meditation teacher and registered psychologist, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She delivers face to face and online programs

Kellie is co-Founder of the online, self-paced program mindfulness4mothers, combining expert interviews, simple mindfulness practices, and the science of human flourishing. You can find out more at mindfulness4mothers.com.

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Don't Shame Your Kids Into Hating You

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 8:30 PM

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Do you remember that stinging pain and confusion of being criticised or punished by your parents? It felt like they were rejecting you in some way - withdrawing their affection for you or that you were unworthy of their love at that moment....

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A Radical New View of Mindfulness

(7) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 9:13 PM

A controversial article published this week in Psychological Inquiry by Eric Garland, Barbara Fredrickson, Philippe Goldin and Norman Farb claims to be offering a solution to what the authors maintain is a vacuum in the study of mindfulness. Their contribution, the Mindfulness-to-Meaning Theory professes to cast the net wider to...

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In the Name of Mindfulness and Self Compassion -- You Are Dumped!

(5) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 9:35 AM

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When I'm with you I'm not as happy as I am when you're away.

Being with you is like low-grade stress. The ordinary moments become painful and you suck the pleasure from the good times.

Being with you my thoughts are scattered, I'm...

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'This Too Shall Pass' Brings a Timely Message of Hope for Mothers Day

(3) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 4:58 PM

A picture tells a thousand words, and This Too Shall Pass won Best Short Animated Film for its honest depiction of the conflicting emotions that are often experienced by mothers as they battle exhaustion and overwhelm along with waves of love for their baby or child.

Released in time for Mothers Day, it's creator, Kristen Palana, a college professor, multimedia artist and busy working mother of two spirited boys, says, "I'd like other new or struggling mothers to know that they are not alone and they are understood."

In 2012, when her children were 2 months and 2 years old, Kristen was suffering from postnatal depression and began to write her animated short, This Too Shall Pass. To date, it has screened in 12 international film festivals and won three Best Animation awards, including most recently at the Cannes Short Film Festival.

The evocative piece also carries a message of hope, not only in its title and poignant portrayal, but in the honest conclusion that postnatal depression does not have to be a life sentence and that with understanding, support and treatment, parents can resource themselves for the marathon of parenthood. Self-care and the support of others is not a luxury in parenting -- it is a necessity.

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As Rick Hanson says in our online Mindfulness 4 Mothers Program, "If you care about children, take good care of mothers".

Depression and anxiety can happen at any time, but we know women are more likely to experience these conditions during pregnancy and the year following the birth of a baby. If you think you or someone you know might need support, please contact any of these organisations for professional and understanding...

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3 Steps to Body Health for Busy Mothers: Mindful Self-Care

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 11:38 AM

How many mothers of young children do you know who say they don't have enough time to look after their body health? Maybe you are one of them. I know I struggle to maintain my commitment to fitness, health and exercise in the face of so many competing demands --...

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3 Ways to Celebrate Children's Week

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 4:25 PM

This week is Children's Week in Australia. Here are a few simple ways you can mark the occasion and reconnect with the joy of parenting.

Delight your child

You know that look. That look your child gives you when they know you just get what they are saying. You get...

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What Is Mindfulness? 10 Answers From 10 Teachers

(26) Comments | Posted October 4, 2014 | 11:08 AM

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Sometimes I think there are as many ways of describing mindfulness as there are brands of shampoo. This can be confusing. So we asked many of the experts we interviewed to put it in their own words. Here is what they...

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Two-Minute Stress Buster

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 10:28 AM

This two-minute gratitude stress buster will help release stress and restore calm -- give it a go!

Test it out when you are feeling a little unbalanced or stressed.

Close your eyes and take two slow deep breaths in and out, in and out. Then just let your breath return...

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How Gratitude and Kindness Go Together for Brain-Changing Happiness

(18) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 10:24 AM

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You are probably not interested in my personal opinions about gratitude. If you read something about gratitude you want to know that it's not just relevant to me but to you as well. Well, at least I hope that's what you want.

Because...

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Top 5 Ideas for Celebrating International Friendship Day

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 6:19 PM

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Wednesday, July 30 is International Friendship Day. I can't resist a good list or an excuse to celebrate. So I was curious: Based on mindfulness and the psychology of flourishing, what would be my top five ideas for celebrating friendship? We all have...

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The Secret to Sustained Peace and Happiness?

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 11:26 PM

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I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.
― Dalai Lama

We heal our hurts and become more loving by learning to...

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5 Mindful Things I Do Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 2:17 PM

Mindfulness can sound far more complicated than it actually is.

I like to describe it as being aware of what is happening as it is happening. Sounds simple? It is. But it isn't the normal way of operating in our busy lives -- we are far more likely to...

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How to Bring New Calm to Your Bedtime Routine

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2014 | 12:28 AM

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I have a new favorite bedtime practice with my children. It works as well for me as it does for them and I couldn't be more surprised just how much difference it has made.

It's all thanks to the gorgeous Christine Carter (if...

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Top 3 Reasons to Try Mindfulness: For the Children's Sake and Yours

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 11:46 AM

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"The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers." -- Thích Nhất Hạnh, Buddhist monk, author and peace activist

What does it feel like when you are...

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Taking Care of Mothers

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 5:27 PM

Be still and heal.

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How that insight could have helped me as a new mom... if I'd had even an inkling of the value of being still.

No one prepared me for the unrelenting demands of motherhood. The realities of a 24/7...

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You and I Are Fine, It Is Just That Behavior That Doesn't Work Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 6:19 AM

This is a timely reminder from Chris White, pediatrician and author of soon-to-be-released book, Mindful Discipline, co-authored with mindfulness expert Shauna Shapiro.

Confession time: My daughter and I have been experiencing a bit of friction in the last few days. Today before school was...

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Calling All Dads: Gratitude Letters for Mother's Day -- What a Heartwarming Gift

(5) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 5:24 PM

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I know you have heard of Mother's Day, but have you heard of a Gratitude Letter?

Better yet, have you ever given one? It is an unexpectedly uplifting experience. I gave one to an ex boss of mine, and she kept it for...

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10 Happy Ways to Celebrate the International Day of Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 8:58 AM

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The International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on 20 March. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. Here are 10 ideas for celebrating happiness in ways that will make you happier by doing them.

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My Day as a Test Case for Self-Compassion

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 1:41 PM

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My day started badly.

I had an important international interview for our mindfulness4mothers project at 7 a.m. My husband was interstate so I had organised for my father to collect the girls before dawn to give them breakfast and take them to school....

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Children Warn: Christmas Multi-Tasking Is Dangerous

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 5:14 PM

They're a bit burned, Mummy.

Yes, sorry, I was busy doing something else...

You're always doing something else, Mummy.


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Ouch.

It's funny how in times of stress or "busyness," old habits can resurface and I find myself...

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