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Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents)

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Simple mindfulness practices to help your child (ages 5-12) deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions. 

Includes a 60-minute audio CD of guided exercises read by Myla Kabat-Zinn.


Mindfulness—the quality of attention that combines full awareness with acceptance of each moment, just as it is—is gaining broad acceptance among mental health profess
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Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Shambhala (first published October 2010)
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Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0-upbringing
A mind trained at mindfulness at a very young age can attain unsuspected spheres of enlightenment.

Please note that I have put the original German text to the end of this review. Just if you might be interested.

For an athlete, musician, scientist, ... it is obvious to start stirring enthusiasm as soon as possible. For many, this creates a flow in which they increase the quality of their early-awakened talents. Progidies are forged.

But why is this principle limited to physical, external activities
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Christine Word
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book! I facilitate a mindfulness workshop for kids, and we just finished using this book as our guide. The kids - ages 5-12 loved it! A real how-to for kids, the meditations use simple straight forward visualizations, and analogies, that are pitch perfect for this broad age group. Wording is so important when guiding yoga, and meditation - and it can be difficult to teach technique in an engaging way - especially for kids. So many children's meditation tapes rely heavily on t ...more
Bloodorange
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
My daughter found the first exercise boring and difficult at first, but loved the remaining ones. I think she has the feeling someone 'gets' her, when she is listening to the recordings acknowledging her turbulent emotions, and conflicting thoughts, and tension. I will revisit this review in a while to say whether this worked for her and us as a family. ...more
Lorilin
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, wellness, childrens
I was really expecting to love this book. I'm all about meditating (by myself and with my kids). I loved the illustrations when I first started looking through the book. But when I started getting into the text, I was surprised by some of the messages.

There are a few lessons devoted to "overeating." As in "Sometimes when we're anxious we eat too much. Can you think of times when you've felt so stressed that you ate too much? What can you do to not eat too much in the future?" Isn't this suppose
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Lori
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Audible version: I got this after I heard someone was using it in schools to calm classrooms, and my school has recently started a mindfulness program, so I thought it would be a good way to familiarize myself with the topic. It may be just the thing for some kids.
Sharon Tyler
Dec 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) by Eline Snel is a non fiction book for parents that is scheduled for release on December 3 2013. This book offers encouragement, examples, and practical exercises for those that are willing to use simple mindfulness practices to help children between the ages 5-12 deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions. Mindfulness is simply making yourself aware of the little things, your breath and s ...more
Rachel
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This is a short introduction to mindfulness activities for children. The book is for adults, but I kept wishing that it had a short section to read to my daughter to teach her about some of the concepts. I thought the book would have more structure but it seems very freeform to me (although maybe it's just that it's too subtle for me to notice). The CD is nice and my 4 year-old daughter likes the spaghetti meditation and the frog one. Lately she has been talking about being afraid of monsters in ...more
Kate
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a brief and handy resource for helping children practice mindfulness. It is written for parents, but the language is very kid friendly, which makes it really easy to use with kids. Provides a number of exercises for helping kids talk about their feelings. There is an audio CD with 10 guided meditations for kids and additional exercises to practice in the book. Both text and audio can be found free online.
Emily
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Life with three young boys is rarely calm and quiet. More often than not, their waking hours are filled with hollering, yelling, whoops of joy, cries of "It's not fair!" and lots of ambient noise. Sometimes it seems that their default volume is LOUD and escalates to REALLY LOUD without much effort at all.

On top of that, one of my boys has been diagnosed with ADHD, though I wouldn't be surprised if at least one more ended up with the same diagnosis down the road. All three have had trouble fallin
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Maggie
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
heavens to murgatroyd! what an excellent book. required reading for parents who want to provide fundamental coping skills for their children. hint: it's all in the breath + awareness and this skill can be taught, practiced, and made sure within each child AND their parent. what's not to appreciate about this tiny book so clearly written. a solid guide for the caring but empowering (vs. enabling) parent.

ah. if my mother had read this book. and then if i had read this book. oh. the ways our lives
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The Twins
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
It definitely reminded me to live more in the moment with the boys and also myself. I started doing some breathing exercises when my thoughts go wild at night and it has helped as I focus more on my breathing than my worrying thoughts. I've done some of the exercises on the CD that comes with the book with the boys and my boy with Aspergers responds really well to them, so I will keep it up and use it for him to relax and lower his anxiety. ...more
Rebecca
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read Harder 2017: Book You've Read Before

I read this book originally about 1.5 years ago and found it actually the best book about mindfulness, period. I have recommended it to several adult friends. The writing is so lovely and thoughtful and the exercises simple enough for children but also very practical and useful for adults.
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Chari Regina
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a resource to help with mindfulness activities for kids ages 5-12 this is what you are looking for. This book could be used at home or in the classroom. It is simple, the language used in the activities is ideal and it will meet your needs.

The publisher made this book available on netgalley. The thoughts and opinions shared her are my honest review.
Ali
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: moira-shelf
Excellent book which makes meditation accessible and even fun for kids. Highly recommended!
Doan
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As my daughter would say, "This book was adorbs!" ...more
Marta
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended. Works a treat with my 6 year old. She loves it particularly on school days and in mornings.
Travis
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
To be fair, I was already familiar with all the concepts and exercises in Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids. This book is aimed more at kids and other people just getting introduced to mindfulness. As such, it's not "weighty" enough to offer anything new for anyone already versed in mindfulness. But, again, that's not its intent. It provides a broad overview to a wide array of mindfulness concepts without delving too deeply and becoming too esoteric for its audience.

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Christy
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simple mindfulness practices to help your child (ages 5-12) deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions.

Includes a 60-minute audio CD of guided exercises read by Myla Kabat-Zinn.

Mindfulness—the quality of attention that combines full awareness with acceptance of each moment, just as it is—is gaining broad acceptance among mental health professionals as an adjunct to treatment. This little book is a very appealing introduction to mindfulness meditation for children an
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Jill
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Though the book is a bit too advanced for my 4 year old granddaughter, there are a number of exercises and games that can be used with her, and that she'll be able to learn to do herself, to help calm her down and help her relax. During the time that she's transitioning away from daily naps, she still needs quiet time at school and in her room on weekends, to settle her very active mind. She also has trouble getting to sleep at night, and we have practiced calming/relaxing techniques with her.

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Daniela
The best part of the book are the exercises, but they are mostly not physically there. They are on the publisher’s website. I like to be able to play and listen to them, instead of just reading the texts, but it would be nice to have a transcript of these exercises and be able to download them. Not that the text of the actual book wasn’t helpful, but for me it was too vague, not going deep and detailing enough to engage my thoughts.

A melhor parte do livro são os exercícios, mas eles não estão f
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Elyse
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book!

I've already tried one of the mindful activities with my nephews - and it went over even better than I expected. I can't wait to try more with them.

One concept I'm struggling with is where hope fits within mindfulness. There was one exercise in particular where it felt like hope was mixed in a bit with acceptance... and there are instances when this almost sounds like a privileged point of view in how it is phrased. I don't like the platitude that 'everything is going to be ok'
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Brian Charest
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great companion to Comfortable with Uncertainty. Essentially this is a book about how to get kids interested in meditation. My seven-year-old son really likes to do these mindfulness exercises, and my five-year-old will also participate, sometimes. As more an more studies confirm the benefits of meditation, this is a great way to get kids started on the practice without turing it into something that you're making them do. In particular, my kids seem to really like talking about how me ...more
Lisa
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: requested
This is a very well-intentioned book that didn't quite land. I'm not sure if it was a translation issue or its age (it wasn't written that long ago but somehow feels a bit dated) - or the increase in mindfulness in culture since it came out. Most of the things in here certainly are good ideas, but they don't feel new or too insightful - but maybe they will be for some. Maybe it's also that it tries to speak to both children and parents. My favorite part was discussing feelings as weather for eve ...more
Rachael Stoldt
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got this book to help my kids with their emotions that are sometimes too big for them to handle. I enjoyed some of the exercises and ideas of how to handle emotions. The only part I didn’t like was that it was a little new agey and some of the consents where presented in a way that is not applicable to a biblical world view. Like “if you just wish it hard enough it will come true. “ I will apply the concepts, but in a different way. Some of the exercises have helped my kids pause and recognize ...more
Kat
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wanted to learn new techniques to help my boys wind down at night and work through strong emotions. They didn’t like listening to the CD but the techniques taught in the book helped me to be their guide through simple meditation. I found reading a chapter at a time and trying the techniques helped me to work out which would be worth repeating. I’m already seeing a difference in how my boys respond to anger, they’re much more aware of breathing and what calm means, they enjoy meditation before ...more
Laura
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Anyone who knows me knows that me and mindfulness do not mix. My husband laughed when he saw I was reading this little book. So In large part I’m still skeptical, but I’m going to try a few of these things with my kids! I think they might help them manage emotions, relax, and pay attention. Maybe my kids won’t grow up to be as uptight as their mother and father! Going to go practice my breathing!
George Karaganis
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good and easy read (took me a day to finish) but the reason behind the 3 star rating is the fact that it relies heavily on the audio meditation files which are not transcribed anywhere in the book.

This means that without access to the audio files / internet the book carries some nice theories about meditation but no actual meditations. For the price of the (kindle) book these should be included somehow in print with the book.
Claire Parsons
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a nice collection of exercises to try with kids. This seems to focus more
on working with kids individually and is written for Western audiences. I thought the exercises seemed simple and easy to try. I recommend it for anyone looking to impart solid coping skills to their kids and it would be especially helpful for kids/parents who are worriers or deal with anxiety.
Stacey
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked it. Nothing earth-shattering, but some great skills and tools to help kids (and adults!) identify feelings and recognize emotions and practice being in control of ourselves and our breathing. Some of the parts reminded me of things I was practicing and reading about when preparing for natural childbirth.
I listened to this but it would be helpful to have the paper copy to reference.
Jo Oehrlein
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm disappointed because I thought this would be a book parents could share with kids.

Instead, it's written for parents. The CD can be shared with kids. But the book is 100% directed at the parents.

She says Mindfulness is not therapy, but it seems to me that a lot of what she uses it for is therapy.
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Eline Snel is a therapist and certified MBSR trainer and runs the Academy for Mindful Teaching in the Netherlands. She has been developing and teaching mindfulness-based courses for over twenty years and trains teachers to teach MBSR techniques to students. Her program has been used in numerous primary schools in the Netherlands. She has recently started a pilot project in various secondary school ...more

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