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Publisher's Summary

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 these transformative practices to their children.
Mindful awareness works by enabling you to pay closer attention to what is happening within you - your thoughts, feelings, and emotions - so you can better understand what is happening to you. The Mindful Child extends the vast benefits of mindfulness training to children from four to 18 years old with age-appropriate exercises, songs, games, and fables that Susan Kaiser Greenland has developed over more than a decade of teaching mindful awareness to kids. These fun and friendly techniques build kids' inner and outer awareness and attention, which positively affects their academic performance as well as their social and emotional skills.
©2010 Susan Kaiser Greenland (P)2015 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"One of the best books on mindfulness for kids that I have read. Practical and accessible." (Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart)
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5 out of 5 stars
By JL on 10-13-16

Older book - but STILL A CLASSIC.

Once you can settle-in, past the narrator's robotic method of delivering the content, (I truly began to believe hers was a computer-generated voice!) often punctuated by a decidedly odd increase of volume and pace here-and-there, you'll be able to gain a LOT from this book! Be prepared to create several bookmarks and notes - there is a WEALTH of knowledge herein. A great place to begin learning about mindfulness from a child's - and adult's - perspective, and one I'm sure many of us will return to for re-'reading'.

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4 out of 5 stars
By RoxyDaisy on 01-23-18

So much great info!

Would you listen to The Mindful Child again? Why?

Yes, I highly recommend this book! The Mindful Child is a wonderful book, loaded with practical information. Listening to the book alone sent me into information overload. I recommend having a hard copy of this title to reference back to and use the games and mindful scripts for later references.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Mindful Child?

Big take aways for me include:
*(pg 147) Teaching mindfulness is not the “see one, do one, teach one” model typically embraced in education. Rather, mindfulness requires that we practice it, live it, be it, and practice it some more before we offer it to others.

*Ways to introduce and apply the Still Quiet Place- I’m excited to dive in and explore guided meditations that can calm busy minds in a variety of lengths of time (5-30 min)

*Mindful Eating

*I really like this thought: Body like a mountain; breath like the wind; and mind like the sky (pg. 84)- to be applied possibly after Savasana or maybe even the start of a class to bring awareness and use it to then set an intention of openness.

*The act of building awareness and questions that can be asked to gage where students are. (pg. 145)

*Awareness of thoughts, emotions and how we react to them (while listening to “Watching the Wheels” - pg. 157). What people feel and how they express it is personal and should not be discounted. Where are you on the merry go round? High? Low? Can you let it go?

Any additional comments?

I found myself reading this book while wearing two hats. One as an educator who looks to use yoga and mindfulness in the classroom (camps, afterschool programs, etc.) and the other as a mom. When SKG used examples of mindfulness with many of the topics she often used family interactions to make her point. I was very struck by this and have already started to implement some of her strategies with my son and even my husband.

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