The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate
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The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate

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The techniques of mindful awareness have helped millions of adults reduce stress in their lives. Now, children—who are under more pressure than ever before—can learn to protect themselves with these well-established methods adapted for their ages. Based on a program affiliated with UCLA, The Mindful Child is a groundbreaking book, the first to show parents how to teach the...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Atria Books (first published 2010)
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Tracey Cruickshank
I wanted to read this book because Gabriel was having trouble separating to go to school last year and we wanted as much info as possible to help us out. His return to school this fall has been much easier and better for all of us althoughI do anticipate that he will struggle again when he enters kindergarten in a new school come september. Anyway, the first half of this book (well, maybe first third) is pretty good with lots of ideas and such. I do have to admit that I slogged through the last...more
I've been hearing stories like this one and thought my kids would probably benefit from something similar at their school, but it's not something their school is doing. So I got this to see if there were things we could do at home that might be helpful.
It assumes the reader is interested in - perhaps already an avid enthusiast of - mindfulness and meditation for his or herself. In other words, it's not for hypocrites, which I respect. What's good for the gosling, etc., etc. But it's not a good f...more
Alysa Volpe
Straightforward and useful for children AND adults.
Not all techniques work all the time but the book is full of enough exercises and tips to give you options to try.
Easy and quick read.
Lise Baltzer

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Bogen beskriver, hvordan mindfulness kan anvendes i forhold til børn. Den tager udgangspunkt i den forståelse af mindfulness, der lægger vægten den fulde oplevelse af "det nuværende øjeblik". Det er mit faglige og personlige indtryk, at børn er ret gode til den slags i forvejen. At de fra naturens hånd formår at være helt og fuldt til stede i øjeblikket. Der er mange forslag til øvelser for børnene. Farverige og opfindsomme øvelser. Søde og sjove øvelser. Men personligt ville jeg...more
This book was recommended to me by a child psychologist and I ended up learning so many wonderful things about mindfulness for myself. It comes with a CD that I have done with my kids that I was afraid they'd find hokey, but my 10 year especially liked the relaxtion techniques it takes you through (my 7 year old still can't sit still long enough for them). My oldest has some big changes coming up and he tends to give himself high expectations so stress is an issue with him and this book has been...more
Combined with the Still Quiet Place curriculum, this book has been my bible for teaching mindfulness to children. It's accessible enough to be valuable for anyone who works with or raises kids - those who already have an established practice and want to share it with others, and those are new to mindfulness and are looking for small ways to incorporate it into their own and children's lives. Kaiser Greenland's ideas are fun and less rigid than other "mindfulness for children" method books I've r...more
I really liked this book. For a Buddhist practitioner, it was a well known application of a concept we know well. For someone new to mindfulness, it's avery well written guide to the benefits of and how to bring it to children to use. No brainwashing, nothing crazy, just simple sitting and awareness. As a Buddhist, I'd be teaching my son these concepts naturally. However, I did find some outstanding advice. For my 2-year old, this is a bit too much but for when he gets older, it's going to be go...more
There are some good tips in here for incorporating mindfulness training with your kids, but it reads a bit dry and more like a reference manual for someone looking to teach a mindfulness class to a group of children (rather than parents looking for simple strategies to use with their own children). Some of the simple language she uses to speak about breathing and meditation to children is helpful, though.
I really enjoyed this book. We've been struggling with helping our child with some degree of anxiety, sensory defensiveness, and other quirks. I appreciated the fact that this book didn't pathologize the need to learn focus, calm, and attention.

I would have given it 5 stars, except for the fact that I don't know enough about the activities and mindfulness in general to use them properly with my child.
This book simplifies mindfulness thinking and practice, in a way that makes it very insightful into children's experiences and perspectives. I also really appreciate the extensive index with carefully-chosen reading materials relating to the subject of mindfulness, meditation, and children's mindfulness.
As a beginner myself to bringing mindfulness into my life I found this book to be a very accessible and practical introduction on how to begin teaching children. I would recommend this book to anyone else starting out teaching mindfulness to children.
I like the techniques, theory, and perspective that the book was based on and it has been helpful for my daughter and for myself. But it was kind of hard to get through. I just didn't find it written in a very engaging or interesting way.
A good book for anyone who has kids or works with them. I borrowed this from the library and think I will buy it. It's a good reference book and has exercises for very young kids through teenagers.
Jean Brazil
I got this hoping it would help with either my need for stress reduction or adapt its use for my students. Too simplistic for adults and too high for my special needs students. I guess I keep looking.
Jon Kapp
As a reference, 'The Mindful Child' presents a good blend of evidence-based theory and practice. Looking forward to applying some of what has been suggested in classroom settings!
Sarah Brennan-Green
I give it 2 1/2 stars. This is better for establishing habits with younger children, but wouldn't work as well with teens.
Some good ideas on how to introduce children to mindfulness -- I will definitely be using some of them for my own children.
A great book to bring mindfulness practice into your home and family. Highly recommended for anyone.
It's a good book to introduce meditation to young children in a way that will encourage and engage them.
Angela Wade
Okay, but not quite what I was looking for. Geared more toward people who work with kids rather than parents.
Good book, start with general knowledge. But overall, certainly is focus in teachers and parents.
A wonderful way to live our lives, mindful! Must practice it so I can model it for my little ones!
This book opens strong, but disappointment creeps in as you continue.
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