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The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate Paperback – May 4, 2010
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--Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine emeritus, UMass Medical School and author of Letting Everything Become Your Teacher andWherever You Go, There You Are
“One of the best books on mindfulness for kids that I have read. Practical and accessible. You can feel Susan’s years of experience and dedication.”
--Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart and The Wise Heart
“Parents often ask me for advice about being mindful with their children. From here on out, I will refer them to this tremendously helpful book, filled with clear insights about children and how to teach them gently and skillfully. A truly inspiring book.” —Sharon Salzburg
“Susan Kaiser Greenland is the real thing. She is not just teaching young children how to focus their attention more effectively, the secret to how to control their own brains; she is teaching children how to become wise, way before most kids generally understand the value of wisdom. This is a most important book; any parent who cares about raising good, morally responsible children must read it.”
--Jeffrey Schwartz, author The Mind and the Brain (with Sharon Begley)
“The Mindful Child is a masterful work of art that weaves the wisdom of ancient contemplative practices with the insights of contemporary neuroscience within captivating stories of the author's journey to bring mindfulness to young people and their teachers. Susan Kaiser Greenland has created unique and effective everyday practices that can be used by educators and parents alike to provide enjoyable experiences for children and teens that cultivate resourcefulness, focus, and resilience. Readers will be captivated by the inspiring examples from real life experiences that stimulate the imagination and inspire us to awaken our lives to the power of mindfulness as a health-promoting, stress-reducing, and compassion-generating way of being. What more are we waiting for?”
--Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Co-Director, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, Executive Director, Mindsight Institute, and author of Mindsight and The Mindful Brain
“There are all sorts of great books about helping children by improving parenting skills and communications—things outside the child’s skin. The Mindful Child is a different kind of book! Readers will envision themselves being more effective with children rather than working with them. Susan Kaiser Greenland emphasizes directly changing the inside rather than encouraging the inside change from all that seeps in from the outside. This unique author delves into the heart of developing character, and coping skills that enable children to resolutely and effectively handle difficult situations through a more relaxed self- awareness.”
--Foster Cline, author of Parenting with Love and Logic
“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
"Greenland excels in teaching these concepts [of mindful awareness] to children of all ages, providing activities and metaphors that both nicely illustrate the goals and make them accessible and fun. It is easy to see this being used for children with attention problems or those suffering illness." --Library Journal
"This useful manual will help parents and their children practice mindfulness together, whether they're seated at the dinner table or on meditation cushions." --Yoga Journal
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 Intent.com. She lectures regularly at universities, medical schools, and other prestigious institutions worldwide and lives in Los Angeles.
More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
In the end, I found what I was looking for in thich nhat hanh's book Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. That book gives a simple background in zen philosophy so the reader understands the approach taken by mindfulness, then provides games and exercises to do with kids.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great resource for not only parents, and those working with children, but is also provides simple and straightforward techniques that anyone can incorporate into their... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Aimee
I have been pondering on how to introduce my practice to younger audiances and this book has been a very helpful guide.Published 11 months ago by Erifili I. Nikolakopoulou
Ever so helpful with assisting our grandchildren with compassion for self and others. I like the word mindful. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JDWP
A good reference for both teachers and parents. Has exercises to try with the kids and has scientific backup.Published 13 months ago by Book Mama
Lots of great ideas for parents and teachers. Very readable.Published 13 months ago by Betsy (Eco-novice)