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Merel Bakker
Merel Bakker (32) is a writer, a mindfulness expert and an advocate of making reading, books, happiness and self-confidence accessible to all. Especially to those with dyslexia and those in need.

With her monthly live show at Mom TV, her blog at the Huffington Post and her children's book "Maks & Mila On a Special Journey" with free SECRET SUITCASE app, she reaches out to parents, teachers and children, by raising awareness and giving practical tools and tips.

“Reading and learning are fundamental rights, just like being Happy and Confident. Both are also skills that can be learned, and it’s my mission to make these skills accessible to all."

For more information on Merel Bakker and the Maks & Mila books visit:

Entries by Merel Bakker

7 Ways to Keep Your Family Fit Through the Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 9:46 AM

"Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other." -- Joseph Addison (Published in "The Spectator: No. 387, May 24, 1712)

I love the holiday season. It's the perfect time to give some extra love and attention to the people we care about. It's the time when kind wishes are abundantly flying...

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Dyslexia: Our Children Deserve an Honest Chance!

(5) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 7:00 PM

"You can be extremely bright and still have dyslexia. You just have to understand how you learn and how you process information. When you know that, you can overcome a lot of the obstacles that come with dyslexia." -- Tim Tebow, NFL Baseball player, in an interview with...
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How Moms Can Help Their Teenage Daughters Build Self-Confidence

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 5:42 PM

"Becoming yourself is really hard and confusing and it's a process to get there." -- Emma Watson during her speech at the MTV Movie Awards, 14 April 2013

When I think of my teenage years, I mostly remember how incredibly insecure I was. I was insecure about my looks, about...

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Back To School: What If Your Child Is a Victim of Bullying?

(5) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 12:55 PM

For every bad thing that happens or nasty comment, there's a really deep-rooted meaning behind it. It's important to see the bigger picture and realize that person is dealing with something as well. -- Lucy Hale, Actress

School bullying statistics in the United States show that about one...

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Want to Regain Energy, Relax and De-Stress? Get Rid of All the Noise!

(6) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 12:38 PM

Everything is conspiring to pull you away from the present -- now more than ever -- with all the noise and constant communication. We are bombarded by too much information. -- Kim Cattrall

Imagine silence. Pure silence. And not for one day but for 10 days. No telephone, no email,...

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How to Make Sharing and Setting Goals a Fun Family Activity and Why It Is So Important!

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 7:36 PM

"Children are our most valuable resource" - Herbert Hoover

In moving towards a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, we often just focus on our own life questions, challenges and goals. Just like we also very often do that, just by ourselves. But like Herbert Hoover once said: "Children are...

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Time for a Personal Mid-Year Review: This Is How! (What We Can Learn From Business)

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 3:14 PM

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." -- Søren Kierkegaard

This week, the first companies announced their half-year results for 2013. Referring to the goals they had set themselves at the beginning of the year, they took a moment to reflect on their performance to...

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Ritual One for a Healthier and More Sustainable Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 4:57 PM

"Our intention creates our reality" -- Douglas Adams

I honestly think that there is a little bit more to this than "just" having the right intention, but it nevertheless holds a fundamental truth. 

In my last blog, I wrote about the importance of having "rituals" in our lives if we...

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Get in Control! (And Make It a Ritual)

(3) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 5:43 PM

"We are conditioned people and we can only find change if we decondition the mind"
-- Rosemary and Steve Weismann

My husband will probably laugh when he sees the title of this blog because he sometimes tends to think that I have some kind of "control" issue... But...

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Connecting for Sustainable Change

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 3:40 PM

"Are we blind? We are on a trajectory that makes no sense. Do we really think our children will survive in 30 years?"
-- Professor Jeffrey Sachs (Director Earth Institute Columbia University) during the World Economic Forum 2013.

Why do we fail to see and act upon the nearing...

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