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The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate [Kindle Edition]

Susan K. Greenland
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Book Description

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 eighteen 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, such as making friends, being compassionate and kind to others, and playing sports, while also providing tools to manage stress and to overcome specific challenges like insomnia, overeating, ADHD, hyper-perfectionism, anxiety, and chronic pain. When children take a few moments before responding to stressful situations, they allow their own healthy inner compasses to click in and guide them to become more thoughtful, resilient, and empathetic. The step-by-step process of mental training presented in The Mindful Child provides tools from which all children—and all families—will benefit.

Editorial Reviews


“What a wonderful and timely antidote to the hyperactive culture that makes kids super-wired but too disconnected from themselves and others. Every parent should read The Mindful Child for practical strategies to teach boys and girls how to manage stress and pay attention to what really matters.”

--David Walsh, Ph.D., author of Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen and No. Why Kids-of All Ages-Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It

About the Author

Susan Kaiser Greenland
left behind her successful law practice to found InnerKids, a program affiliated with the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. Online, Kaiser Greenland is one of the early Huffington Post bloggers and an original "Intent Voice" on Chopra Media’s She lectures regularly at universities, medical schools, and other prestigious institutions worldwide and lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1861 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IGDD8E
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
This is a useful book. The Mindful Child offers simple techniques to help parents help children (of all ages) gain more control over their responses to the world -increasing happiness and calmness as a result. The author does a great job of distilling age-old mindfulness and meditation techniques into simple exercises and games that children and any non yoga-fanatic can do. You can tell this is a book written by a real mom who has seen the results in action - her sincerity and conviction come through throughout - and that makes a huge difference for me. I gave the book to my sister who has two young kids and both she and I found it enormously helpful. We had fun playing the games and activities and the kids did too! Without being preachy or new-agey, this book offers way to get kids to tune out the noise of tv, internet etc. and focus more on themselves. One exercise asks them to imagine what could be inside a closed box, which, in a group setting, encourages kids to be creative and creates a suspenseful, engaging scenario; the game helps children not only use their creativity, it helps them become better aware of each other as well.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue's Clues, on Mindfulness! May 7, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
If you have a child, you'll want this groundbreaking book!

Susan has created and developed a winning teaching method that may very well change the fundamental paradigm of how we approach teaching children - The New ABC's - Attention, Balance and Clarity/Compassion.

These are practices that playfully teach principles based on the practice of mindful awareness - the art of developing and sustaining awareness of present moment experience with an emphasis on a kind, non-judgmental acceptance and curious attitude to whatever arises. As exercise and nutrition support our bodies, mindfulness practices are exercise and nutrition for the mind and heart. Some have called it "brain hygiene." Now an ongoing subject of psychological and neurobiological study, mindfulness practices have shown to reduce stress, anxiety and blood pressure, while improving our memory, concentration and immune systems. Training us to take things less personally, regular mindfulness practice develops a deeper degree of overall well-being and happiness in our daily lives.

The genius of her method (and this book) is that she has cultivated and developed these practices for many years with the intended audience - the children themselves! So rather than being a didactic lecture about the benefits of mindfulness or advice for parents, The Mindful Child is instead a practical guide filled with learning strategies disguised as games, activities and stories of discovery.

Creative wisdom runs through each of the various practices in this book, designed to bring a kind awareness to a child's inner and outer worlds.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax, Rest. . . June 1, 2010
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I've just started The Mindful Child in hopes of helping my boys, particularly my 9 year-old, cope with stress. He's super bright but socially and emotionally behind. Plays beautiful piano and cello, but can't relate to his peers, a huge source of stress; he's also a military kid, and my husband travels fairly frequently. . . - 15 months away in '03-'04 - presently gone for 2 weeks; lastly, both boys have sleep apnea, not solved by conventional treatments, they use CPAP machines. My 9 y/o has really been fighting the machine the last couple of weeks, and his behavior is reflective of his lack of good quality sleep.

Last night though, I guided them through "Making Connections Between Breath, Body and Mind." My 9 y/o was out before I finished! THANK YOU for this tool! I just started the book, and jumped ahead in search of something to help them ease out of the day's activities, and into a restful sleep!

I can hardly wait to try it again tonight!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book I've Always Wanted To Read! May 13, 2010
This is the book I have always wanted to read! I have long wanted to share with my children the many gifts I have gleaned through my longtime yoga and meditation practices, but have struggled to find a meaningful way to do this. This Mindful Child offers a wealth of inspiration - from personal stories about the author's family and experiences working with children all the way through to detailed descriptions of various games and explorations to share.

I have a long list of "games" to try out from the book, and have already given a few of them a try with my children. I am so impressed by how clearly the author has distilled life's essential truths into beautifully simple and straightforward explorations. And I am equally pleased by how interested and eager my kids have been to "play along." I am especially happy that the author offers mindfulness in a way that doesn't feel preachy or dogmatic at all. I don't feel like I'm trying to ram anything down my kids' throats, but rather saying, "Hey guys, come look at this. Isn't this interesting?"

The Mindful Child will help my family, and I hope many others around the world, apply the ancient truths of mindfulness to our very modern lives. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested helping children cultivate happiness, self-awareness, kindness and ease.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Check it out.
This is a good book on managing stress.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara S. Scholl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a wonderful book. It is extremely practical and can be used for adults as well as children.
Published 3 months ago by susan bregman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource!
Excellent Resource! This book offers helpful, easy-to-follow activities to help kids - and their parents! - understand mindfulness and become mindful. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Virginia Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked well for me
Very interesting and easy to read. The techniques are quite practical and I I noticed even in myself when I use them .
Published 5 months ago by Brenda Wizniak
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was eager to read this book - who wouldn't want to help their child manage stress? However, the author spends more than half the book citing other mbsr (mindfulness based stress... Read more
Published 6 months ago by engk916
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is a valuable tool in teaching mindfullness to children and adults. It has lots of ideas for games and practices. The author is precise and easy to understand. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Martha A. Meharg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Author relates how she started off working with mindfulness what worked and what didn't. Easy to read and lots of great practical tips on what works and why.
Published 8 months ago by Prue Urlwin
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for every parent!
This book has been amazing for me so far. It was recommended to me by an occupational therapist who I greatly admire. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Corey KD Milam
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful if you are a Montessori Teacher.
I found this book refreshing and compassionate. It also gives a realistic and practical tone to mindfulness with out making one feel teaching mindfulness to yourself and a child... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sally1
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More About the Author

Susan Kaiser Greenland, JD is a former corporate attorney who developed the Inner Kids mindful awareness program for children, teens and their families. Research on the Inner Kids elementary school program was conducted at the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA and is published in the Journal of Applied School Psychology.

Susan is author of The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate (Free Press, 2010). She teaches children, parents and professionals around the world and consults with various organizations on teaching mindful awareness in an age-appropriate and secular manner.

Susan was on the clinical team of the Pediatric Pain Clinic at UCLA's Mattel's Children's Hospital for many years, Co-Investigator on a multi-year, multi-site research study at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center/Semel Institute on the impact of mindfulness in education, Collaborator on an investigation of mindful eating for children and their caregivers at UC-SF, served on the Garrison Institute's Initiative on Contemplation and Education Leadership Council, and as advisor to the UCLA Family Commons. In 2006, Kaiser Greenland was named a "Champion of Children" by First 5 LA, the largest and most influential children's advocacy group in Los Angeles. She has spoken at Vanderbilt University, University School in Nashville, UES Seeds Elementary School at UCLA, the Krieger Early Childhood Center at UCLA, the Mind & Life Institute, University of California Los Angeles, University of Massachusetts, University of Kansas, Columbia University, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the San Diego Children's Hospital, the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre California, Bangor University in Wales, National University of Singapore, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, Casa Tibet in Mexico among many other prestigious institutes in the United States and abroad, she has been quoted in Parenting Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Kiwi Magazine, Time Magazine for Kids, Better Homes and Gardens, and Publico in Gutalajara, Mexico and her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Shambhala Sun, The Insight Journal, Intent Blog, and elsewhere.

She and her husband co-founded the Inner Kids Foundation in 2000. InnerKids has been covered by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, various yoga journals, and the CBS Morning News. InnerKids was profiled in a half-hour news program called Profiles in Caring that is syndicated in about 100 cities in the US and 40 countries on Voice Of America TV.


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