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Cultivating Mindfulness in Children

by Nicole Guenkel on 2018-09-14T15:00:00-04:00 in Childrens | Comments

Children, curious and inquisitive by nature, live in the moment and can be very attentive but just as often they are as busy as adults and just as tired, easily distracted, and restless. Mindfulness, the awareness of the present moment without judgment, helps to build self-awareness, awareness of others, and awareness of the world. Practicing mindfulness can help alleviate stress, worry, and anger, as well as improve focus and sleep. It does require some effort and intentionality but luckily there are many tools available for free to help you and your children. Author Annaka Harris posts some guided exercises for children on her website and, of course, we have some favorite picture book as well as resources for parents/caregivers:

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Breathe by Scott Magoon (Illustrator)
Take a deep breath and dive into a day in the life of a baby whale, told with luminous illustrations and spare text, with a fresh twist on a timeless message. Swim! Play all day. Breathe. This simply told story follows a young whale on a journey of discovery as he experiences his first day at sea on his own! He swims, explores, and makes friends in his marine habitat. After a day of independence, this little whale delights in returning home to his mother. Young readers will be drawn to Scott Magoon's reassuring story of adventure.





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