Today, Monday October 10, marks this year's Canadian Thanksgiving. While Thanksgiving is known for its bountiful feast celebrating the harvest, the holiday is also a lovely time for families to gather together and share in grateful moments. Gratitude involves recognizing and appreciating one's blessings to create balance from life's difficulties (Lebow, 2021). Mindfulness is a helpful tool for practicing gratitude because it helps one handles life's difficulties with grace and acceptance (Lebow, 2021).
Like many parents and caregivers this week you may be experiencing the excitement, and sometimes chaos, of the back to school season. Mainstream media, social media, and stores do a great job of hyping up the start of the new school year, and making us feel like there are so many things we must buy and do to prepare our children for that first day. There’s no doubt it’s an exciting time and there are things that students will need, but if you are thinking that you haven’t done enough or your stress level is high, here are some tips to get you through the next week.