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10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children--and Ourselves--the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happy Lives

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"Goldie Hawn embodies delight and joy, and 10 Mindful Minutes radiates these. Her book can help any adult-parent, grandparent, teacher-make double use of their moments with the children they love and have a terrific time while helping shape that child's brain for a lifetime of resilience and happiness."
-Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional IntelligenceAcross the country, t
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Perigee Books
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Marissa Morrison
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I once toured a mansion in Rhode Island with Goldie Hawn and her family, and I was struck both by how genuine she acted and how fakey-fake she looked. Reading this book was a similar experience--the book is filled with warmth and wisdom, yet at the end there's a portrait of Hawn looking like a pouty twenty-year-old dressed for a nightclub. Aside from that weird photo, this is a great book containing thoughtful personal reflections and useful calm-down techniques that readers can share with child ...more
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you want to learn more about mindfulness and meditation but not really about Buddhism, then this book is a great secular introduction. I had a teacher in elementary that taught me a few simple tools for stress relief that I used throughout my life and found very helpful. Before that experience, I did not know what to do with stressful feelings. I think these tools can be very empowering for children and allow them to take more control over their emotions and physiology. This book outlines rec ...more
Nancy Wilson
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I would not ordinarily pick up this type of book. My mind wanders too much to meditate. I happened to catch an episode of Dr. Oz this summer and Goldie Hawn was a guest. I think she amazed me with her in depth knowledge of the human brain. Then I was ashamed of myself for equating her with the roles she plays in movies. Because the exercises in the book are designed for children I think they are basic enough that I might have some success in trying them. As she notes, even if the mind wanders of ...more
Nov 19, 2011 rated it liked it
It is great to see the passion that Goldie Hawn has regarding our children and giving them the tools to live the happiest lives possible.

The book was not anything spectacularly new for me, rather a reminder of how much work needs to be done.

I agree with Goldie that Emotional Intelligence is essential to being able to function better in all aspects of life.

A couple of areas that always intrigue me:

1. How Sweden manages to have the brightest and happiest children (people in general) and the child
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hawn suggests that focusing on a subject as simple as breath can have long term benefits for adults and children, improving ability to concentrate, control temper, calm and heal, increase awareness, stimulate the brain for learning and memory. I intend to get my boys into the daily routine of breathing for 3 minutes a day, twice a day. I keep forgetting until they're in a crisis of tempers, when its too late for practice. ...more
Tamilyn White
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
EASY, EASY read and great, useful way to explain meditation and brain functioning to well, virtually anyone. i thought Goldie's personal recollections were a little cheesy but, well, she is Goldie Hawn and the daughter of her parents.I use this with clients of all ages often. ...more
Bea Elwood
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: work-stuff
This was really directed more towards parents than teachers, which is unfortunate since my only children are my students. I was hoping for a more comprehensive approach to teaching MindUp which is the school program Hawn has helped create but I guess I'm just going to have to demand my district send me to some training...

I value how this approach is for students and their families, we could all do with a little more understanding of how our brains work and respond to stress. It feels like empat
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I came into this book because my wife read it and felt like I needed to read it. Call it guilted reading, or what ever, but I had to do it. I'd feel like I wasn't being the best father I could be if I didn't at least give this a chance. I was heavy on the skepticism going in, though. Like Moulder and Scully skeptic. I mean, c'mon, Goldie Hawn! Bird on a Wire! What! You've gotta be kidding me, right? But actually, she dropped some knowledge on me. I would recommend this book to any parent, or edu ...more
Shannon Nicole
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was in such a panic about my children starting public school. Documentaries and news reports seemed to all be saying that our school system was horrific and that if I didn't get my kids into the right school at kindergarten, that was it, they were doomed for life.
I picked up this book and before I even got into the main chapters my attitude was flipped! All those months of fretting, worrying and yes, even crying into the night, evaporated.
I came away from this book feeling in control and muc
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a nice reminder of how to be mindful and the positive effects of, well, positive emotions and actions. I'm already very aware of myself and I'm good at focusing on my current situation, so perhaps I am already "mindful". Even if I didn't need a lot of the advice or guidance in the book, however, it was a pleasant and easy read so I didn't mind. Plus there are a number of stories involving the author's significant other, Kurt Russell, whose movies I enjoy. ...more
Holly Weiss
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was completely blown away when I heard Goldie Hawn speak about mindfulness. I think she has an exceptional understanding of how this may help children. She has a passion and a mission to help children everywhere. I hope to be able to use the skills I learned from this book to help my grandchildren. The book helped me personally as an adult in ways I never suspected. It certainly widened my perspective in positive ways.
Warren-Newport Public Library
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't usually pick up celebrity books, but this was actually pretty good. It has practical things to do with kids to reconnect and give them ways to cope with stress and anxiety. A good reminder to turn off the screens, and focus natural discovery. Nothing groundbreaking, but it's very readable and relatable.

~ Rebekah
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book last spring and summer and enjoyed it so much that I also listened to it on audio on walks as well :-)
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Even though I don't have kids, I think every parent needs to read this. This is a quick read and provided me comfort in a time of grieving. ...more
Stephanie Wood
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this a persuasive and easy to read guide through the practice of mindfulness in the modern world. I particularly liked Goldie's personal take on the experience. ...more
Liz Townsend
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is nothing new. If you’re not familiar with mindfulness, then maybe this will work for you....
Christel El Hayek
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very soothing read. Although I do not yet have children of my own, I was always fascinated with the different approaches cultures embraced to raise their children to be made more self-aware, as well as aware of their surroundings. Moreover, I believe today's world adapted to a shallow, quick-paced lifestyle that inhibits every individual - young or old - from embracing the little treasures and gifts the world tends to offer us. We are programmed to brush off elements that are valuable to us and ...more
Dewin Anguas Barnette
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really wonderful, clearly written overview of mindfulness techniques for the family. It discusses the myriad of beneficial effects that mindfulness has on us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I really appreciated the intermittent Reflections sections in which Hawn describes how she has experienced the techniques and their effects in her personal life.

In the book, she quotes Dr. Richard Davidson as saying, "Training is seen as important for strength, for physical agility, for
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I kind of can't believe I'm giving a book about mindfulness by Goldie Hawn four stars, but there you have it. This book gives a simple overview of what mindfulness is and why it's beneficial, which isn't anything special other than the reader friendliness of it. What I really liked about this book were the simple activities to do with your children to incorporate mindfulness into their lives. I will use some of these strategies in the work I do (pediatric occupational therapist) and will refer b ...more
Ana Gutierrez
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
l enjoyed reading this little book.

It flows well and gives both scientific explanations and information but also simple mindfulness excorsises for both parents and children and most importantly suggested excorsises for both to do together and with the whole family.

I'd definitely recommend this to any of my friend and family who have children.

I'm certainly going to try a few of the excorsises myself since I'm still a child at heart, even if I have to play at being a grown-up during the majority o
Sandra Strange
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
I wish I had read this book when my children were little. It really does give parents some handy tools for supporting and creating peace in ourselves and our children in this age of stress and anxiety. Goldie Hawn has written a readable book with explanation of the brain science hat underlies her suggestions, the studies that bear out and support them, and narratives of her own experiences that illustrate. A good read, but better for putting into action in our lives and the lives of our kids.
Lacy Lovelace
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and thought Goldie Hawn did such a great job! I really liked what she had to say and found the book really insightful. My boss gave all of the counselors the MINDUP curriculum with this book so we had a background on how it came about. I had no idea that Goldie had such a passion for mindfulness. I loved the activities she gave throughout the book and started using them as guidance lessons. The kids really enjoyed them! I can’t wait to use the techniques with my little guy whe ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was really impressed by this book. Hawn has created a foundation that supports research on meditation for kids, and the book is a fast, easy read with lots of good activities for kids (probably best for ages 3-8) and summaries of the science on mediation. The very first day we tried it, we noticed a big difference in our stress levels and. how we related to each other, and had one of the best days we'd had in months. ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mind is a beautiful thing, however, it can easily be corrupted by stress, anger and anxiety. It's so important for us to have control over these emotions... Mindfulness is a great way to bring peace into your life. This book by Goldie Hawn beautifully describes how we can have better control over our mind, emotions and relationships by using mindfulness.. Though the book focuses more on parent and child relationships, I think it's an Excellent read for all!! ...more
Linn Tran-delzer
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
I truly love Goldie as an actress, but I’m not sure if I learned anything new here. I’m actually not into “celebrity” authors and to read this for a mindfulness certification class. I was a little taken back that they choose this book as a “text book” for mindfulness with kids. It was still very Hollywood-lifestyle based, nothing I could really use for kids with some extreme anxiety, amongst other things.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome and great for all parents or new parents. It teaches you how to raise children effectively. This is a real life book which shares useful strategies you can use with your kids now and later. This is a must have book at home. Keep this book and refer to it during any challenging moment.
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! I read this for my yoga and mediation teacher training and this book was amazing! I do not have children but i highly recommend parents read this and it gave me lots of ideas for when i work with children. I also greatly enjoyed how she explains how we develop and how meditation/ mindfulness can be helpful.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I never thought I’d read a book by Goldie Hawn, let alone enjoy and even learn from a book by Goldie Hawn! More geared toward parents and teachers of younger children (preschool and elementary age) and writing style was very simplistic but this is a good introduction to mindfulness. Felt a little like the target audience was middle class suburban soccer moms...
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have children, this is a great book with lots of practical suggestions on how to raise them mindful.

If you don't have children and are new to mindfulness, this is still a pretty good introduction.

Just take note that this book was written in 2011 and may be missing some of the latest brain research that has emerged since then.
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
I picked this up as a companion to the MindUP program that our elementary school is implementing this year. I LOVE the program, and this book gave me some helpful background information and ideas for living mindfully with kids. It isn't super organized and the writing style is lacking, but even with those weaknesses it is worth reading. ...more
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Goldie Jean Hawn is an American Academy Award-winning actress, director and producer. She is best known for starring in popular film comedies of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

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“In Sweden they have a very different approach. There, preschool children are encouraged to play and relax without any structured learning for the first six years of their lives. They go for nature walks every day, even in the bitter Scandinavian winter. They are not taught to read until they are seven years of age, yet by the age of ten, Swedish children consistently lead European literacy rankings.” 2 likes
“Every day you can ask yourself, “Have I helped my children understand their gifts and talents? Did I empathize with their feelings enough? Is there something I can do or say now to help strengthen our connection?” 1 likes
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