After being socially-distanced and cooped up all summer long, mindfulness is more important than ever. If your kids are like mine, the first couple of weeks school let out, being home was a novelty and everyone enjoyed playing games together and getting creative. As time wore on, the squabbles and grumpiness increased as each day passed. With life continuing in a sort of limbo between chaos and normalcy, the stress in our house is almost unbearable. Cue mindfulness practice! Focusing on breathing and regulating emotions can improve the energy in your whole house. If not a total revamp, then at least a few moments of peace and quiet.
Here are some books to get your family started on lowering the stress and pent up energy in your home:
HAPPY: A BEGINNER’S BOOK OF MINDFULNESS
By Nicola Edwards
Young readers are encouraged to explore their emotions and notice the beauty around them through stunning illustrations and powerful rhymes. This poetic journey to a place of happiness and calm will inspire and empower your child to enjoy the practice of mindfulness.
I AM PEACE
By Susan Verde
Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Susan Verde tells the story of a young boy whose emotions and rushing thoughts start to take over. He takes a deep breath, steadies himself, observes his thoughts, and focuses on feeling thankful and kind to reset himself and be at peace. Peter H. Reynold’s iconic illustrations help bring the message home for the wiggliest of readers.
BIG BREATH: A GUIDED MEDITATION FOR KIDS
By William Meyer
We breathe all day long and don’t even spend a moment to think about it. But what if we did? William Meyer helps kids learn to use their breath to go on adventures without leaving their favorite comfy spot. By the time your kids open their eyes, they will feel calmer and more relaxed.
ALPHABREATHS: THE ABCS OF MINDFUL BREATHING
By Christopher Willard
Children can learn their ABCs and basic mindfulness techniques through creative breathing exercises that connect them with nature and remind them to fill their heart with thankfulness. The simple and playful illustrations are a wonderful introduction to the power of breath awareness.