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Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience Paperback – June 1, 2016
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—Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart
“Growing up Mindful is filled with wisdom and expert guidance in sharing the blessings of mindfulness with young people. Drawing on his vast experience as teacher, clinician and practitioner, Chris Willard provides the kind of practical, doable exercises and reflections that will help you bring mindfulness alive in all the situations of daily life.”
—Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
“As the benefits of mindfulness become well established, a recurring question is, ‘How do you teach this stuff to kids?’ Look no further. This book is a treasure trove of exercises and practical wisdom to inspire any reader. The author’s playful approach leaves us with the understanding that anyone can become more mindful and still be who we are. May we all practice like this, starting with the kids or with our own inner child.”
—Christopher Germer, PhD; author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion; co-editor, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; faculty, Harvard Medical School
“Many of the deepest experiences youth have with mindfulness do not happen in formal, structured lessons. They happen in the ‘micro-moments’ of daily life. With a variety of short, conceptually simple methods, Growing Up Mindful is one of the few mindfulness and youth books that is structured to reflect this truth. If you are looking for developmentally appropriate ways to introduce practice to youth in a way that will stick, this is your book.”
—Chris McKenna, Program Director, Mindful Schools
“Chris Willard’s new book Growing Up Mindful is jam-packed with great advice and practices for children, teens, and families. It is a wonderful resource for parents, therapists, and teachers worldwide!”
—Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child and cofounder of Inner Kids
“Practical, engaging, and a pleasure to read, this inspirational book is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, and anyone else who works with or cares for kids. Based on extensive experience, it’s chock-full of creative, common-sense practices that can help virtually any child, adolescent, or adult live a happier, richer, more engaged, life.”
—Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD; author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; assistant professor of psychology, Harvard Medical School
“This book offers a wonderful array of simple, playful, engaging mindfulness practices which can be shared by parents, teachers, and therapists with children at home, at school, and in clinical settings. Dr. Willard has created an invaluable resource to support you in sharing the nourishing power of mindfulness with children and adolescents. Like your go-to cookbook, this book is filled with healthy, delicious, satisfying mindfulness recipes that you can prepare and savor with the young people in your life.”
—Amy Saltzman, MD, author of A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions and A Still Quiet Place for Teens: A Mindfulness Workbook to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions
“This is a splendid and timely book, the richness and accessibility of which will be of enormous support to children and young people and those who live and work with them—and in particular to parents, a group very much on the front line in experiencing the fallout from teenage stress, but who have so far been lacking much guidance in the vital coping skills of mindfulness. It is an inspiring beginner’s guide written by one of the best-respected practitioners in the field with a deep store of personal knowledge of what works in engaging young people in mindfulness, as well as a convincing grasp of the scientific evidence base. The style is friendly, pacey, fun, and approachable; the use of vivid anecdotes keeps it real; and the practices combine authenticity and practicality for fitting into the busy lives of families and young people—some are only a minute long. I will be using it myself to help with my parenting skills, and will recommend it widely.”
—Katherine Weare, Emeritus Professor, School of Education, University of Southampton, UK
“Whether you’re a mindfulness newbie or a mindfulness instructor, in Chris Willard’s Growing up Mindful you’ll find wise answers to questions about sharing mindfulness that you have now and that you’ll have in the future. This book is a gift—for yourself, for a friend, for a teacher.”
—Richard Brady, founder, Mindfulness in Education Network
“A wonderful, practical book for kids and adults that is reassuring, accessible, and enjoyable. Chock-full of useful and engaging practices, it is a great resource for parents, therapists, and teachers. Chris Willard is a rising star whose attunement to the needs of children shines through on every page.”
—Susan M. Pollak, President, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, coauthor of Sitting Together
About the Author
Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a Boston-based clinical psychologist and educational consultant specializing in mindfulness and contemplative practices. The author of Child's Mind (Parallax, 2010) and other books on the topic, Dr. Willard teaches at Harvard Medical School and leads popular workshops around the world. For more information, visit drchristopherwillard.com.
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His descriptive practice for understanding the different responses to stress will illustrate mindfulness more than words could possibly do. His chart on the positive impact of a regular mindfulness practice really resonated with our faculty on our beginning of the year retreat.
This book is for parents, teachers and therapists who are interested in sharing mindfulness with the kids in their lives. It is for someone just beginning to formulate what that might look like and for someone who's been doing it for a while. His suggestions are clear and easy to follow. His encouragement for pursuing teaching mindfulness to the kids in our lives is both uplifting, practical and stabilizing.
Thanks, Christopher, for your thoughtfulness and thoroughness in putting together this guide for the rest of us.