Sometimes kids lives can get busy and out of control, and worries can take over.
When that happens, knowing how to pause and regain composure with mindfulness can help! This easily digestible guide introduces kids to mindfulness as a way to find clarity, manage stress, handle difficult emotions, and navigate personal challenges. With over 30 breathing, relaxation, and guided meditation exercises, including step-by-step instructions, readers will have an entire toolkit at their disposal, and writing prompts will help them process their discoveries.
“A great guide for middle graders looking to incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives. The book presents mindfulness as a means of helping young people manage emotion, stress, anxiety, and concentration. Mindfulness and self-care strategies, which are referred to as “Mindful Me Practices,” make up the majority of the book’s content. This gives it a hands-on, practical perspective. Chapters are divided based on various different contexts for mindfulness, such as emotions, thoughts, actions, and how to be mindful in and out of one’s home. Each section features various techniques presented with step-by-step directions, which often includes meditation and breathing exercises, as well as journal prompts for further reflection. Straightforward language and Peterson’s kid-friendly drawings make an abstract topic accessible to late elementary and early middle school-aged readers. This volume can serve as a helpful resource to both students and caregivers. VERDICT A practical toolkit for processing emotions through mindfulness techniques and an excellent purchase for schools incorporating mindfulness into their curriculum.” – School Library Journal
“This book embraces the can-do spirit and malleability of the young with a clear, accessible approach. Mindful Me by Whitney Stewart is a children’s guide to a relaxed, happy, self-aware life. The book provides life-changing skills of the sort that even adults seldom have.
Childhood is full of overwhelming emotional challenges—navigating school, making friends, getting along with parents, and learning to love who you are. This book empowers youngsters to utilize the practices of mindfulness and meditation to meet those challenges head-on in a way that is healthy, balanced, and compassionate. The guide helps kids understand their thoughts and emotions, and respond to them in a positive, self-honoring way. This approach encompasses daily habits and key events, eventually turning attention outward to caring for and understanding others. The advice is as simple as it is powerful, and the practices have clear, easy-to-follow instructions and journal prompts for digging deeper.
Some may be skeptical as to whether kids are capable of grasping and practicing mindfulness, but children may be more adept and able to learn this than adults. The book embraces the can-do spirit and malleability of the young; the approach is accessible, clear, and hits just the right level of higher-thinking skills. Abstract and overwhelming concepts are made easy to grasp using visual language and comparisons. Far from condescending to children or watering down the practices, the book shows empathy and respect for children, giving them a full set of meditation skills rather than dismissing their emotions and concerns. This judgment-free tone fosters openness and curiosity about the self and the world.
The illustrations by Stacy Peterson are beautiful and inviting. They have a feminine feel and most of the kids pictured are girls, but the characters are racially diverse and also include a child in a wheelchair, emphasizing the message that mindfulness is a gift for everyone.
Mindful Me can change the trajectory of tweens’ lives, helping them weather middle school, high school, and young adulthood.” – Foreword Reviews