Resting the mind in the present moment and paying attention to the breath is an inavaluable practice to teach children and teens. Cultivating this skill helps them to manage stress, ease anxiety, increase focus, and develop compassion.  Our authors are experts in teaching mindfulness to young people and families--and our books in this genre offer guidance and practices that are as useful for parents as they are for kids.



Girl Time: A Mother-Daughter Activity Book for Sharing, Bonding, and Really Talking

Sometimes it’s hard to talk with your mom about feelings and situations that tween girls these days have to deal with—like stress, frustration, feeling in control, and being bored. Girl Time is full of fun activities that you can do with your mom that will also show you great ways to calm down, chill out, express yourself, feel positive, and become really confident!

This book includes:

  • Games, mazes, and fill-in-the blank letters to help you learn more about yourself—and your mom
  • Tips and strategies for getting yourself motivated, relaxed, or out of a funk
  • Simple breathing exercises to calm your mind
  • Great advice on what to eat to power up, boost your mood, and activate your mind
  • And much more!



This introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents includes practices that can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware. The accompanying audio CD has guided meditations voiced by Myla Kabat-Zinn, co-author of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting.



Sitting Still Like a Frog Author Eline Snel

Shambhala: How did you first become interested in teaching mindfulness to kids?

Eline Snel: I led a training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for a group of twelve principals at my local school board. They asked me to develop a training method for children. So I did, after several tryouts in different schools and age groups.

S: How do you explain to a child what mindfulness is?

ES: I use the metaphor of a frog to help children become familiar with mindfulness as a daily attitude or lifestyle. A frog can sit very still, but can also jump very far-just like our minds do. You can see the breathing in the frog's belly. Awareness of your own breathing helps you to concentrate and focus. And notice when the concentration is gone. Frogs are also aware of their surroundings, without constantly reacting.

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