Parent Mindfulness Resources
Guided audio sessions to help kids calm down, focus their attention, and get ready for whatever's next:
APP for Guided Meditations and Mindfulness:
Bringing Calm to the Classroom:
“How Two Minutes of Mindfulness Can Calm a Class and Boost Attainment”:
The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder and More Compassionate by Susan Kaiser Greenland
Book that offers effective everyday practices for educators and parents to offer enjoyable experiences for children and teens to foster resiliency, attention and resourcefulness.
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
This amazing book offers practical, insightful and powerful tools to support your child’s developing brains to foster emotional intelligence. Parents will be offered ways to use everyday experiences to help integrate their child’s brain for developing resilience and emotional regulation.
Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar Ph.D.
Can You Learn to Be Happy? YES . . . according to the teacher of Harvard University's most popular and life-changing course. One out of every five Harvard students has lined up to hear Tal Ben-Shahar's insightful and inspiring lectures.
10% Happier by Dan Harris
After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. 10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.
Mindsight by Daniel J. Siegel
"Mindsight" is a powerful lens through which we can understand our inner lives with more clarity, integrate the brain, and enhance our relationships with others. Mindsight is a kind of focused attention that allows us to see the internal workings of our own minds. It helps us get ourselves off of the autopilot of ingrained behaviors and habitual responses. It lets us “name and tame” the emotions we are experiencing, rather than being overwhelmed by them.
Brainstorm by Daniel J. Siegel
Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important, and oftentimes maddening, ways. In Brainstorm, Siegel illuminates how brain development impacts teenagers' behavior and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children's lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.
Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson Ph.D.
Hardwiring Happiness shows how to tap the hidden power of everyday experiences to change your brain and your life for the better. Using this book, you can beat the brain's negativity bias, which is like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones. This bias evolved to help ancient animals survive, but today it makes us feel needlessly frazzled, worried, irritated, lonely, inadequate, and blue.
Books to read to a child:
Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress by Laurie Grossman, Angelina Alvarez, Mr. Musumeci’s 5th Grade 5th Class
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It by JoAnn Deak, Ph.D
Milton’s Secret An Adventure of Discovery through Then, When and the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman
What Does it Mean to be Present? by Rana DiOrio (Author), Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator)
A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh (Author)
The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation by Licia Morelli (Author), Jennifer E. Morris (Illustrator)
The Teenage Brain:
Why Aren’t We Teaching Mindfulness
Shawn Achor on Happiness as a Competitive Advantage