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Hi, I’m Noelle Wittliff.

I’m a Mother of Two, Licensed Family Therapist, Trauma Resiliency Specialist, and Mindful Parenting Coach. I teach parents effective tools to reduce stress and overwhelm and strategies to raise resilient, secure, and confident kids. With over fifteen years of experience, I support families to learn, grow, and heal in powerful ways.

“Taking Noelle’s Mindful Parenting course was one of the biggest gifts I’ve given myself.”

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Mindful Art Mondays: Goodbye Notes. When the stay-at-home orders were first issued last March, I began leaving a goodbye note for my kids every time I left the house to go to work. There was naturally some fear about me leaving the house during this early stage of the pandemic. The notes were so meaningful to my kids (more than I would have ever predicted), that I continued with the practice even after everyone was feeling secure again. They now have two binders full and I thought I'd share a few of them here. What are the ways that you let your kids know you're thinking of them during times of separation? ⁠
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The Invisible String, by Patrice Karst, shares a comforting way to talk to kids about attachment and connection. Even during times of separation, there is an invisible string that connects children's hearts to the grown-ups who love them. ⁠
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Meditation Station: Having a meditation space set up in my home office has helped me stay consistent with my daily practice. Before I had a designated space, my practice was less consistent because I didn't have the visual cue of my cushion set up as a reminder to sit! Now, each morning that I walk into my office, my cushion calls to me and I can start my day by sitting, breathing, and connecting to my daily intention. What helps you to stay consistent with your daily habits? ⁠
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Mindful Art Mondays: Peerless Watercolor Paint Strips. Spending more time at home this past year has allowed us to explore different art activities and materials. One of our favorites has been the discovery of Peerless watercolor paint strips, which were invented in the 1800's! They're highly concentrated mineral dyes (rather than pigments) that come loaded onto strips of special paper fabric. The colors activate instantly when touched with water. We used these paint strips to paint the mandalas featured here last Monday. What new games, activities, or art materials have your discovered during the pandemic? ⁠
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Nature is so regulating (and in some cases invigorating!) for the nervous system. My kids love the snow and we can access it in about an hour and a half drive from where we live in LA. Visiting different climates is a wonderful way to encourage mindfulness. Sometimes we can get habituated to what feels familiar. Being in a different environment allows us to bring a heightened awareness to sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Noticing the breath as we inhale cold air and watching the misty out breath allows a wonderful opportunity for kids to connect with their breath and body. What are your kids' favorite outdoor activities? ⁠
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Mindful Art Mondays: Watercolor Mandalas. Representing the circle of life, connection, continuity, and wholeness, painting mandalas is a beautiful way to connect with mindfulness through art. For this activity, we used pencil, watercolors, and our imaginations. ⁠
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From my family to yours, Happy Valentine's Day! ⁠
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Happy Lunar New Year! ⁠
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In honor of Black History Month, I’m sharing images this week from the powerful African American Miniature Museum exhibit that my kids and I had the privilege to see at the Los Angeles Central Library. These dioramas, by Compton-based folk artist, Karen Collins, share the journey of Black Americans from the Middle Passage up to Barack Obama’s presidency. ⁠
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In honor of Black History Month, I’ll be sharing images this week from the powerful African American Miniature Museum exhibit that my kids and I had the privilege to see at the Los Angeles Central Library. These dioramas, by Compton-based folk artist, Karen Collins, share the journey of Black Americans from the Middle Passage up to Barack Obama’s presidency. ⁠
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Mindful Art Mondays: In honor of Black History Month, I’ll be sharing images this week from the powerful African American Miniature Museum exhibit that my kids and I had the privilege to see at the Los Angeles Central Library. These dioramas, by Compton-based folk artist, Karen Collins, share the journey of Black Americans from the Middle Passage up to Barack Obama’s presidency. ⁠
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Nancy Carlson's "I Like Me" shares a beautiful message of self-acceptance and compassion through the eyes of a delightfully sweet pig. I never got tired of reading this to my kids when they were younger and I now keep a copy in my therapy office. ⁠
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A parenting gem from Dan Siegel: for kids to feel a secure attachment with us they need to feel safe, seen, and soothed. Think about the 4 S's as you interact with your child. Are they feeling safe, seen, soothed, and secure? If not, let your focus be on creating emotional safety through your  kind and calm presence. These are the building blocks for healthy, secure attachments! ⁠
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Mindful Art Mondays: Mandala Salt Paintings. Mandalas represent connection and wholeness. Draw a simple mandala shape on a piece of cardstock. Outline with Elmer's glue. Cover generously with salt. Let dry overnight. Shake off excess salt and then apply watercolors. The salt absorbs the watercolor and makes a beautiful, feathery design. This activity is great for kids and teens. ⁠
"I Can Handle It," by Laurie Wright, teaches kids how this simple affirmation can shift their mindset in any number of challenging situations. The illustrations had both of my kids giggling and it's one of my favorites to share in my therapy practice. ⁠
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In the Trauma Resiliency Model, a resource is anything that brings a sense of calm, peace, or joy. For many of us, animals are an important resource. Just bringing to mind my dog, Dahlia, (shown here holding one of her own resources--a Chewbacca pillow) brings a smile to my face and I notice my body relax. What serves as a resource for you? ⁠
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Mindful Art Mondays: The Masks We Wear. I use this art activity in my therapy practice with teens. I ask them to depict how they portray themselves to others with their outer mask drawing, and then to depict how they actually feel inside with their inner mask drawing. Sometimes teens will draw a perfectly put together outside mask with a more fragile inner representation, or a serious outside mask with a more playful inner experience. The exercise invites us to be mindful of what we're presenting to the world versus how we feel inside, and to move towards congruency with our inner and outer selves. ⁠
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There's been a lot of loss this past year and many families are grieving. I wanted to share a few children's books on grief and loss that I have in my therapy office. These are thoughtful, sensitive books that help children begin to make sense of death and their own feelings of missing a loved one. ⁠
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I Miss You, by Pat Thomas⁠
When Someone Dies, by Sharon Greenlee⁠
Lifetimes, by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen⁠
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I was so moved by Amanda Gorman's poetry reading at President Biden's inauguration yesterday. What an inspiring message of courage and hope.⁠
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#amandagorman #bidenharris #anewchapter
This is a simple mindfulness practice that helps kids process their day while building a bridge to tomorrow. At dinner or at bedtime, ask your child to share something that went well or that they appreciated about their day (a rose), and something that may have felt challenging (a thorn). And then invite them to think about something they're looking forward to tomorrow (a bud). Each family member can take turns sharing their rose, thorn, and bud. This practice builds skills of reflection and connection. 💗🌹⁠
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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr's strength, wisdom, and determination. It's imperative to not lose hope. We must continue showing up, one day at a time, with our brave and compassionate hearts. ⁠
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Intro to Mindfulness starts tomorrow! If you’ve been wanting to feel more present, grounded, and calm in your family relationships, please join us on this 6-week journey of deepening our mindfulness and parenting skills. Rather than reacting to all that life presents us, we can learn to respond skillfully and wisely to whatever crosses our path. I’m excited to be facilitating this course and I’d love to have you join us! Sign up link in bio. ⁠
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Why should you take a mindfulness course? ⁠
A mindfulness practice reduces anxiety and stress; lessens emotional reactivity; improves sleep; strengthens immunity; improves concentration, focus, and mental clarity; promotes acceptance and compassion for self and others; enhances self-awareness; and strengthens relationships. Experience these benefits first hand in my Intro to Mindfulness Course where we will go deep into mindful parenting!⁠
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First class starts this Thursday!⁠
Link in bio for more details.⁠
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Mindful Art Mondays: Handmade soaps. These were made for me by my 10 year old son for a holiday gift. It was such an unexpected and lovely surprise! What has been the most memorable handmade gift you've received from your kids? ⁠
This past year provided many opportunities for our kids to practice bravery. These are three of my favorite children's books that share examples of bravery and what it means to be brave. The messages are empowering and inspirational.⁠
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I Am So Brave, by Stephen Krensky⁠
Tomorrow I'll Be Brave, by Jessica Hische⁠
Brave, by Stacy McAnulty⁠
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Mindful Art Mondays: How I'm Feeling heart drawing. This is a great art activity to explore the concept of mixed feelings. Invite your kids to notice all of the feelings they are currently having, and then to color in how much of each feeling they're experiencing in the moment. They may be feeling sad and worried, but upon deeper reflection, might also notice a part of themselves that feels calm or hopeful. ⁠
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If you'd like a copy of the handout, please leave a comment below or DM me and I'll send you the PDF!⁠
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Happy New Year! I came across this stone bench with the word Hope carved into while hiking with my kids. I thought it was a fitting sentiment for 2021. Sending all of my best wishes and hope for a brighter year ahead. ⁠
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Let’s take a deep breath together as we set our intentions for calm and clarity in the New Year. ⁠
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I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with you!⁠
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Early bird pricing (50% off) ends tomorrow.⁠
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Link to registration in bio or go to: mindfulparenting.com/mindfulness⁠
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If you’re a parent who wishes to have:

Less stress, tension, and overwhelm

Fewer conflicts and power struggles

More flexibility and cooperation in your family

A deeper connection with your kids

A greater sense of internal calm and sturdiness

And an overall sense of ease and confidence in your parenting

Then, welcome! You’re in the right place.

For information on my individual and couples therapy practice, please visit noellewittliff.com

It starts with a simple intention, a desire for change, and a willingness to develop new strategies and ideas about how to care for ourselves and our children.

The first step toward meaningful change is creating a vision for your family and then reaching out for the right support to get you to where you want to be.

What is Mindful Parenting?

Mindful Parenting is about slowing down and bringing attention to the big and small moments in each day. Mindful Parenting refers to parenting consciously and intentionally, with compassionate awareness of our own feelings and needs, while also tuning in to the feelings and needs of our children. When we parent mindfully, we respond, rather than react. We find opportunities to engage with our children in ways that naturally encourage their flexibility and cooperation. We strengthen emotional safety within the family and foster secure and loving attachments.

Mindful Parenting is about parenting in the present moment, in the only place where we can affect change.

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Danielle Grace, Mother of Two:

The Mindful Parenting course turned out to be the exact thing I was longing for: guidance, invaluable information, and new approaches to parenting. Noelle’s presence is incredibly calming and warm. She is empathetic, a wealth of child-development knowledge, and an incredible teacher. You can tell that she truly loves what she does. I’m profoundly grateful to have taken her course.

Debbie Lee, Mother of Two:

Noelle is a wonderful teacher. I’m so grateful to have taken her Mindful Parenting course and would highly recommend it to parents and caregivers of children of all ages. The course helped me to understand my own childhood experience; understand brain and child developmental stages; and find ways to keep calm during moments of parenting challenges and frustrations. This course helped me to not just be a better parent, but to be a better person in all of my relationships.
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Luana Adduci, Mother of One:

Taking Noelle’s Mindful Parenting course was one of the biggest gifts I’ve given myself. It was so empowering for me as a mother. The best word I can come up with to describe my experience is eye-opening. I learned to offer myself empathy which not only helped me become more empathetic towards my daughter, but has also prevented potential outbursts. I feel so much calmer around situations that would have driven me crazy before.

Melissa Kinnicutt, Caregiver to School-Age Children:

First and from my heart, Noelle is amazing and this class is going to change lives and make the world a better place! Her knowledgeable understanding and passion for this subject is engaging and inspiring. I know anyone who is raising or working with children would find this course informative, useful, and inspiring.

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