Friday, November 2, 2018
Book Review: 'Mindfulness for Kids: 30 Fun Activities to Stay Calm, Happy, and in Control' by Carole P. Roman and J. Robin Albertson-Wren
‘Mindfulness means paying attention to what’s happening right now.’
Carole P Roman is the ‘go-to’ person both for child readers and for authors of children’s books – knowledgeable, warm, sensitive, caring and always the champion for her audience, be they readers or writers! In this wise and sensitive book Cariole, in tandem with J. Robin Albertson-Wren, brings an adult concept of being in charge of your life through Mindfulness to the audience of children. Through simple stories the book presents entertaining and credible stories about how to be a mindful you at home (dealing with anxiety, fear, stress, anger, guilt), at school (anxiety, embarrassment, jealousy, loneliness, sadness), and with friends (frustration, grief, anger, sadness) and takes each feeling, transposes that into story form and in doing so demonstrates to children coping mechanisms that are centered on Mindfulness.
Keeping it personal with created characters who accompany the stories is another technique that makes the ‘teaching/coaching’ unique and successful. Or as stated in the book, ‘This book has been created just for you. It’s actually a storybook, with many tales about kids and the challenges they face. But it’s also full of ideas and activities that you can try at home, at school. And out in the world.’
FINALLY - an invaluable book addressed to kids about that all-important learned skill – MINDFULNESS! This little book should soar into the homes and schools as a thoughtful adjunct to coping and behavior challenges! Brilliant!
Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.