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Kaitlin Atkinson Family Resource Library

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The 7 habits of highly effective people: restoring the character ethic / Covey, Stephen R. -- New York: Free Press, 2004.
This book presents a principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. It reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity — principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.
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10-10-10: 10 minutes, 10 months, 10 years - a life-transforming idea / Welch, Suzy. -- New York: Scribner, 2009.
10-10-10 is a tool for reclaiming your life at home, in love, and at work. The process is clear, straightforward, and transparent. In fact, when you're facing a dilemma, all it takes to begin are three questions: What are the consequences of my decision in 10 minutes? In 10 months? And in 10 years?
FAM BF 723 .I642 W36 2009

365 energy boosters / Seton, Susannah. -- Boston, MA: Conari Press, 2005.
This is a daily guide for putting an end to the madness, embracing a new and improved life experience, and getting a big dose of energy to boot. You’ll find energizing one-minute exercises and foods for a quick pick-me-up and learn ways to track your natural energy cycles, get organized, sleep better, and wake yourself up whenever your energy takes a nosedive.
FAM RA 776.5 .S435 2005

Are you tired and wired?: your proven 30-day program for overcoming adrenal fatigue and feeling fantastic again / Pick, Marcelle. -- Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2001.
This book focuses on the root cause of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue and offers a proven 30-day program for restoring adrenal balance.
FAM RJ 206 .P53 2001

The art of being: 101 ways to practice purpose in your life / Jones, Dennis Merritt. -- New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2008
The Art of Being is a user-friendly manual to help you become acutely aware of how to live more mindfully on a day-by-day, hour-by-hour, moment-by-moment basis and thus create more peace and happiness in your life and in the lives of those around you.
FAM BJ 1581 .J56 2008

The astonishing power of emotions: let your feelings be your guide / Hicks, Esther; Hicks, Jerry. -- Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2007.
This book will help you understand the emotions that you’ve been experiencing all of your life. You’ll come to understand what emotions are, what each of them means, and how to effectively utilize your new awareness of them.
FAM BJ 1533.2 .H52 2007

Balanced and barefoot: how unrestricted outdoor play makes for strong, confident, and capable children / Hanscom, Angela J. -- Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 2016.
In this book, a pediatric occupational therapist shows how outdoor play and unstructured freedom of movement are vital for children's cognitive development and growth, and offers fun, engaging activities to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced, and resilient adults.
FAM RA 783 .H36 2016

Building resilience in children and teens: giving kids roots and wings. 3rd ed. / Ginsburg, Kenneth; Jablow, Martha M. -- Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2015.
This edition includes new chapters on the topic of grit, stress and how one's perception of stress affects what stress really is, toxic stress, and the protective role of nurturing adults. It also addresses the issue of adolescents responding to stress by either indulging in unhealthy behaviors or giving up completely, and the suggested solutions are aimed at strengthening resilience.  This book also provides a wide range of tactics, including building on natural strengths, fostering hope and optimism, avoiding risky behaviors, and taking care of oneself physically and emotionally.
FAM BF 723 .I642 G56 2015

Choose them wisely: thoughts become things / Dooley, Mike. -- New York: Atria Books, 2009.
This book is filled with inspirational messages, information and concrete examples on how to actually apply these ideas to everyday life.
FAM BJ 1651 .D66 2009

The conscious parent: transforming ourselves, empowering our children / Tsabary, Shefali. -- Vancouver: Namaste Pub, 2010.
The time has come for parenting to become what it was always meant to be - about the parent. The author details how our children can be raised as conscious adults only when we as parents allow ourselves to be raised into a higher state of consciousness.
FAM HQ 769 .T82 2010

Everyday blessings: the inner work of mindful parenting / Kabat-Zinn, Myla. -- New York: Hyperion, 1998.
Suggests how parents can enrich their lives and the lives of their children through intentional, mindful parenting.
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The five love languages: how to express heartfelt commitment to your mate / Chapman, Gary. -- Chicago: Northfield Publishing, 2004.
This book will guide couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse’s primary love language - quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch. By learning the five love languages, you and your spouse will discover your unique love languages and learn practical steps in truly loving each other. Chapters are categorized by love language for easy reference, and each one ends with specific, simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction.
FAM BF 723 .I642 C42 2007

The four purposes of life: finding meaning and direction in a changing world -- Novato, CA: New World Library, 2011.
This book begins with the proposition that we are here to fulfill (not one but) four purposes; Learning Life's Lessons; Finding Your Career and Calling; Fulfilling Your Hidden Life Path and Attending to This Arising Moment.
FAM BF 723 .I642 M56 2011

Free-range kids: how to raise safe, self-reliant children (without going nuts with worry) / Skenazy, Lenore. -- San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.
The author examines the statistical likelihood of childhood dangers that parents most fear and advocates a child's right to separate gradually from a parent's assistance in order to learn the joy and self-confidence that come from trying out independence.
FAM HQ 769 .S551 2010

A handbook of chakra healing: spiritual practice for health, harmony and inner peace / Govinda, Kalashatra. -- Old Saybrook, CT: Konecky & Konecky, 2002.
Chakra work benefits body, mind and spirit and leads to a greater sense of harmony and inner balance. This guide will help you apply this ancient wisdom to the problems and stresses of modern life.
FAM BJ 1651 .G59 2002

The happiness project: or why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun / Rubin, Gretchen, 2009.
Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany. One rainy afternoon on a city bus, she realized that she wasn't as happy as she could be. In danger of wasting her days, she realized her life wasn't going to change unless she did something about it. This title presents her story which inspires readers to navigate their own paths to happiness.
FAM BJ 1533.2 .R73 2009

Healthy aging: a lifelong guide to your well-being / Weill, Andrew. -- New York: Anchor Books, 2005.
This book draws on medical research and a combination of conventional and alternative approaches to present a guide to healthy living that offers strategies to deal with the physical, mental, and emotional problems that come with aging.
FAM RA 776.75 .W35 2005

Heaven is for real: a little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back / Burpo, Todd; Vincent, Lynn. -- Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2010.
This is the story of the four-year old son of a Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven.
FAM BJ 1661 .B87 2010

Hold me tight: seven conversations for a lifetime of love / Johnson, Dr. Sue. -- New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2008.
This book introduces the author's Emotionally Focused Therapy technique, explaining how to assist couples by treating their relationship as a love-based, attachment bond that can be healed through a reestablishment of safe emotional connections.
FAM HQ 784 .J64 2008

How to simplify your life: seven steps to letting go of your burdens and living a happier life / Kustenmacher, Tiki; Seiwart, Lothar J. -- New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004.
This guide offers concrete advice on achieving happiness in a time of economic contraction and uncertainty. The book explains, in seven steps, how to get rid of unnecessary stuff and unload the burdens of modern life--and points the way back to what we know is important but have forgotten. By following the path outlined in the book, readers will learn to organize their time, change the way they think about money, improve their health and relationships, and find meaning in their lives.
FAM BJ 1533.2 .K98 2004

If only I’d said that: volume V / Legge, Peter. -- Burnaby, BC: Eaglet Publishing, 2009.
This book is a collection of entertaining tales, axioms, memorable quotations and inspiring ideas. Whether these words motivate you to greater achievements in your business, or help you to recognize what is most important in your life, this book will leave you with plenty of food for thought - and a new understanding of your own life’s possibilities.
FAM BJ 1533.2 .L34 2009

The keys: open the door to true empowerment and infinite possibilities / Marek, Denise; Quirt, Sharon. -- Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2009.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could find the keys that will open the door to your full potential and free yourself from the negative chatter in your mind? This title helps to discover how to make positive changes and to systematically create the kind of life you've been longing for.
FAM BJ 1533.2 .M29 2009

Last child in the woods: saving our children from nature-deficit disorder / Louv, Richard. -- Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2008.
Nature-deficit disorder is not a medical condition; it is a description of the human costs of alienation from nature. This alienation damages children and shapes adults, families, and communities. There are solutions, though, and they're right in our own backyard.

FAM RA 783 .L68 2008

Life's greatest lessons: 20 things that matter -- New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.
This book presents twenty principles that are deeply rooted in common sense and compassion. The topics range from attitudes about money and understanding the real meaning of "success" to the importance of having fun.
FAM BJ 1581.2 .U73 2003

The meditation bible: the definitive guide to meditation / Guading, Madonna -- London: Sterling Publishers, 2005.
This title offers meditations for calming and centering, living mindfully, developing love and compassion, solving problems, manifesting your dreams and connecting with the Divine. It also includes advice on meditation postures.
FAM BJ 1651 .G29 2005

Meditations for women who do too much / Schaef, Anne Wilson -- San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2004.
This book speaks directly to the hearts and minds of the millions of women who do too much of everything: work, worry, organize, and take care of everyone in their lives, except themselves.
FAM BJ 1651 .S35 2004

Peaceful parent, happy kids: how to stop yelling and start connecting / Markham, Laura. -- New York: Perigee Book, 2012.
Offers practical, easy-to-apply ideas to help parents regulate themselves and their own emotions in order to foster a better connection with their children to help them learn emotional intelligence, empathy, and responsibility.
FAM HQ 769 .M37 2012

The power / Byrne, Rhonda. -- New York: Atria Books, 2010.
In this book you will come to understand that all it takes is just one thing to change your relationships, money, health, happiness, career, and your entire life. This is the handbook to the greatest power in the Universe - The Power to have anything you want.
FAM BJ 1533.2 .B87 2010

The power to soar higher / Legge, Peter; Ziara, Tashon. -- Burnaby, BC: Eaglet Pub, 2009.
The author shares how you can become the person you want to be, and reach the lofty goals you dream of achieving. Through a series of entertaining anecdotes and thoughtful insights, this volume will help you to unlock your true potential.
FAM BF 723 .I642 L34 2009

Predictably irrational: the hidden forces that shape our decisions / Ariely, Dan. -- New York: Harper Perennial, 2009.
An evaluation of the sources of illogical decisions explores the reasons why irrational thought often overcomes level-headed practices, offering insight into the structural patterns that cause people to make the same mistakes repeatedly.
FAM BF 723 .I642 A75 2009

The real sexy smart and strong: 30 tips to boost confidence, get fit and feel great, inside and out / Patchell-Evans, David. -- Mississauga, ON: Wiley, 2009.
With this book you will quickly learn how to experience high levels of vital energy, become smarter and stronger, and make the very best of your body.
FAM RA 781 .P375 2009

The right questions: ten essential questions to guide you to an extraordinary life / Ford, Debbie. -- San Francisco: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 2004.
The author Debbie Ford presents questions that, when answered with complete honesty, change the way we see ourselves and make decisions – ultimately moving us toward the life we desire.
FAM BF 611 .F67 2004

Running: start to finish / Stanton, John. -- Edmonton: Lone Pine Pub., 1999.
This running guide is a great resource for all runners. It includes everything you need to start a running program plus plenty to keep you running for years to come. Topics include training programs, nutrition, weight training, injuries, stretching, cross-training, marathons and more.
FAM RA 781 .S72 1999

The seven spiritual laws for parents: guiding your children to success and fulfillment / Chopra, Deepak. -- New York: Harmony Books, 1997.
This guide is for parents who wish to raise children with values that satisfy spiritual needs as well as create the experience of abundance. After a general discussion of parenting and the gift of spirit, this book explores ways to practice the Seven Spiritual Laws as a family, how to convey these laws to children depending on their ages, and how to embody them in age-specific activities each day.
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The shift: taking your life from ambition to meaning / Dyer, Wayne W. -- Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2010.
Illustrates how a shift from ambition to meaning eliminates feelings of separateness, illuminates spiritual connections, and involves moving from an ego-directed life into a life where everything is influenced by purpose.
FAM BF 637 .S4 D88 2010

Soul to soul meditations: daily reflections for spiritual growth / Zukav, Gary. -- New York: Soul Friend LLC, 2008.
This book provides 365 inspirational excerpts, one for each day of the year, with each page offering spiritual and psychological insights for reflection and enrichment. These meditations serve as passageways through which soul-to-soul communications can enter your life and transform it.
FAM BJ 1661 .Z965 2008

Spiritual partnership: the journey to authentic power / Zukav, Gary. -- New York: HarperOne, 2010.
The purpose of this guide is to empower and enable us to explore our emotions, our intentions, our choices, and our intuition and to use them to create profound spiritual growth.
FAM BF 723 .I642 Z85 2010

The untethered soul: the journey beyond yourself / Singer, Michael A. -- Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 2007.
This book explores the question of who we are and arrives at the conclusion that our identity is to be found in our consciousness, the fact of our ability to observe ourselves and the world around us. The author shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment.
FAM BJ 1651 .S67 2007

Us: transforming ourselves and the relationships that matter most / Oz, Lisa. -- New York: Free Press, 2010.
This book evaluates the role of positive relationships in maintaining health, citing the negative habits that interfere with rewarding relationships while offering holistic solutions to promoting positive social and spiritual interactions.
FAM BF 723 .I642 O95 2010

Walking and light running / Bos, Klaus. -- New York: Barnes & Noble, 2004.
Walking strengthens your heart, takes off pounds, and reduces stress. You can stay on track with these proven methods for developing a routine that you can easily stick to, no matter the weather or how busy your schedule.
FAM RA 781.65 .B67 2004

Walking for weight loss / Knight, Lucy -- Heatherton VIC (Australia): Hinkler Books, 2007.
As a refreshing alternative to complex dance routines and over-priced gym memberships, walking is a way to slim down, tone up and get active on a daily basis. This title shows you how to set yourself realistic goals, how to assess how hard you are working and how to try out different styles of walking while also providing you with an eating plan.
FAM RA 781.65 .K54 2007

The wise heart: a guide to the universal teachings of Buddhist psychology / Kornfield, Jack. -- New York: Bantam Books, 2008.
For meditators and mental health professionals, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, this book offers an ordinary journey from the roots of consciousness to the highest expression of human possibility.
FAM BJ 1581 .K76 2008

You being beautiful: the owner's manual to inner and outer beauty / Roizen, Michael F.; Mehmet, C. Oz. -- New York: Free Press, 2008.
In this book, the authors will break down the mechanics of beauty and explain how little adjustments in your routine can help you become a happier, healthier person. They'll also take a close look at chronic pain, mood swings, low energy, and financial stresses. And they'll dive into the science of building relationships, finding happiness, and using spirituality to help you define your own levels of true beauty.
FAM RJ 61 .R65 2008

Your soul's compass: what is spiritual guidance? / Borysenko, Joan; Dveirin, Gordon. -- Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2007.
Focuses on the 3 aspects of living a spiritually guided life: alignment - maintaining a direct and personal connection to the Source of our Being; discernment - distinguishing the movement of Spirit in our lives from our own wants, fears and social conditioning; and, action - making our best, most inspired contribution to the evolution of life.
FAM BJ 1561 .B58 2007

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Web Sites

Physical Activity - Public Health Agency of Canada / Activité physique - Agence de la santé publique du Canada

Food and Nutrition - Health Canada / Aliments et nutrition - Santé Canada

EatRight Ontario / Saine alimentation Ontario

Stress Management - Meditation - Mayo Clinic

Meditation: An Introduction - National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Get Healthy – Heart and Stroke Foundation / Vivez sainement – Fondation des maladies du Coeur et de l’avc

Mind/Body Connection: How Your Emotions Affect Your Health –

Stress Management Health Tools - HealthLink BC

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Smiling Minds
● From Smiling Minds
● Free
● English
● Last updated October 2017
● From Google Play: Smiling Mind is modern meditation, a unique web and app-based program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives. Just as we
eat well and stay fit to keep our body healthy, meditation is about mental health and looking after the mind. Our programs are designed to assist people in dealing with the pressure, stress and challenges of daily life. We offer programs for ages ranging from 7 year olds to adults.
● Available from Google Play & iTunes

Breathr: Mindful Moments
● From BC Children’s Hospital
● Free
● English
● Last updated March 2017
● From Google Play: Developed at BC Children’s Hospital with the help of youth and experts, Breathr teaches you easy and fun ways to practice mindfulness. Through a series of exercises, Breathr can help you to live in the present moment, while providing interesting facts about the benefits of mindfulness. Whether you have a minute a day or 20, Breathr can help you build a healthy and mindful routine.
● Available from Google Play & iTunes

Simply Yoga – Fitness trainer for workouts and poses
● Daily Workout Apps, LLC
● Free / gratuit
● Last updated Oct 2018 / Dernière mise-à-jour 2018 octobre
● Available in multiple languages / Disponible en plusieurs langues
● Google Play: Simply Yoga is your own personal yoga instructor. / Simply Yoga est votre propre instructeur de yoga personnelle
● Available through / Disponible depuis Google Play & iTunes
MindMasters 2
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
● Free / gratuit
● English, French / anglais et français
● Last updated Feb 2016 / Mis-à-jour 2016 février
● The MindMasters 2 app helps to teach children about stress control, positive thinking and mindfulness through a series of fun and interactive activities. This app is designed for parents, educators and other to use with children ages 4-9 years.  A guidebook detailing instructions, discussion questions and more can be found online at / Le MindMasters 2 app aide à enseigner aux enfants sur le contrôle du stress, la pensée positive et la pleine conscience à travers une série d'activités amusantes et interactives. Cette application est conçue pour les parents, les éducateurs et les autres à utiliser avec les enfants âgés de 4-9 ans. Un guide détaillant les instructions, les questions de discussion et plus peuvent être consultés en ligne à
● Available from / Disponible depuis iTunes

This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation.

The guide represents material available in the Family Resource Library collection at CHEO. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Your local public library may also be able to provide valuable information.

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