Mindfulness is an important way to help your children with focus, self-regulation, self-awareness, empathy, and well-being. Practicing mindfulness from a young age will set your children up for success throughout their lives. To learn more about mindfulness and ways to incorporate it into your routine read my post on 5 Ways to Teach Your Children Mindfulness here.
Are you ready to practice mindfulness with your kids? Here are some resources to help you get started:
Sitting Still Like a Frog by Eline Snell
This book is a simple introduction to mindfulness for kids and parents. It includes 11 practices that focus on scenarios with examples and anecdotes throughout. The book also comes with a CD with guided meditations.
No Ordinary Apple: A Story About Eating Mindfully by Sara Marlowe
This book is about a little boy named Eliot who asks his neighbor, Carmen, for a snack. She offers an ordinary apple, but Eliot wants candy. Eliot is encouraged to carefully and attentively look, feel, smell, taste, and listen to the apple and discovers that this apple is not ordinary at all.
Puppy Mind by Andrew Nance
This is a beautiful picture book illustrated by Jim Durk, creator of the Clifford books. A little boy discovers his mind is always wondering away like a puppy and sets about learning to train his puppy mind to be present in the moment.
This book uses the concept of an invisible bucket to teach children how easy it is to express appreciation, kindness, and love by “filling buckets.”
What Does it Mean to Be Present by Rana DiOrio
This book follows a group of friends at home, school and the beach to learn what it means to be present.
Moody Cow Meditates by Kerry McLean
Peter, the cow, is having a bad day. Other kids are teasing him and calling him Moody Cow. His day is getting worse until his grandfather teaches him how to settle his mind and let go of frustration.
Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer
This is a beautiful picture book about Monkey and Panda. Panda helps Monkey appreciate the joy of doing what you’re doing, while you’re doing it.
Listening to my Body by Gabi Garcia
This is a picture book that guides children through stories and activities that guide them through the process of noticing their feelings and the physical sensations that come with them while helping them engage mindfully and self-regulate.
Mindful Kids: 50 Activities for Calm Focus and Peace by Whitney Stewart
This is a boxed card set that includes 50 mindfulness games, visualizations, and exercises.
This a series of short videos that combine yoga with storytelling. You can also find this on YouTube.
Yoga for kids up to 5 with a dinosaur theme.
Kidlosophy by Melonie Collman
Kidlosophy is a YouTube channel where two sisters talk about the golden rule, values, and kindness.
These are all apps that offer guided meditations. Stop, Breath & Think is the most user-friendly, kid-friendly app in my experience.
Books for Adults:
10% Happier by Dan Harris
This is the very personal story of ABC News anchor, Dan Harris. A life-long skeptic and non-believer Harris found himself on an unexpected journey where he takes a deep look into meditation. Harris becomes a believer and changes his life. The outcome: he’s now 10% happier!
Mindful Games – Susan Kaiser Greenland
This is a book for adults to use with kids. The book includes 50 mindful games to develop what Greenland calls the A, B, C’s for learning and for a happy, successful life.
Mindfulness: An Eight Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams
This book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) which revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation. It takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed.
This book offers practical techniques to help improve self-esteem, concentration, and awareness and enhance empathy and communication.
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