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Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids
This pensive and peaceful book encourages children to slow down and become deliberate with their day-to-day actions and thoughts. With gentle rhythms and soothing imagery, kids may be guided toward a quiet self-awareness and mindfulness.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Magination Press
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I really enjoyed this book. The book is short, sweet and has a lovely poetic flow. The illustrations are beautifully simple and a perfect compliment to the text. This book is a great introduction to mindfulness for kids. In a world where we are constantly bombarded by information, activities, etc. throughout our day, this is a great reminder to slow down and 'take the time' to notice and enjoy life. I read this with my own kids which lead to a great (and in my opinion, necessary) discussion. Thi ...more
I love the idea of this book. I think in many ways it's harder for kids to slow down in today’s society, with TV, Internet, iPod's, school, friends, sports and clubs, etc., everything is Go! Go! Go! and we have to remember that kids can't always be moving, be thinking, can't always multitask every moment of the day. I appreciate seeing a book that encourages children to slow down, breathe and relish the simplicity in life. I only wish there were more to this title, and oddly enough I don't know ...more
Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids by Maud Roegiers is another book that captures the subtleties of life. The book focuses on how to cope with life as well as the overwhelming sense of anxiety that plagues children and adults alike. Roegiers directs children (and I think this applies to adults as well) to “slow down and take the time to be with my friends” or “to close my eyes when I am hugged.” Mindfulness, according to Buddhism, is described as a calm awareness of feelings and consciousness. ...more
I changed my mind. I like this one the best. Two reasons. The first is a BIG one: it is in the NONFICTION, where ALL of these books should be. The book's published by this press are didactic, they are written to teach a specific lesson, and should be with the other informational books. This is a beautiful lesson for kids to slow down, take time, think things through--the illustrations and text are perfect, though ironically this of all the books does NOT have an afterword telling parents what th ...more
A quiet, meditative book that encourages children to show down and take the time to observe the world around them. This book may have been good for me at some point, as I was a nervous, anxious child who grew into a nervous, anxious adult. And that was long before the dominance of so many electronic devices braying for attention. I'm sure it's even more difficult to be a youngster these days.
I really liked this one- lovely illustrations and simple but well chosen text. Andrew and I read it together. It would be great for a gift for an adult as well- reminds us to slow down-appreciate the little moments and take the time we need to think, heal and love.