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Mindfulness for Kids 1 – Book Review

Today one mum reviews a book of meditations for children.

I have been practicing mindfulness and meditation myself for a while now. It suddenly occurred to me that this practice might be useful to my hyper vigilant, very bouncy 12 year old. I therefore set about doing a internet search to find a book which would help me teach my son how to meditate and be more mindful with the hope of increasing inner calm and grounding him more.

My searches lead me to this book, Mindfulness for Kids 1 by Dr Nicola Kluge. It contains seven meditations to do with children, each themed and for each theme there are a number of additional activities you could carry out.mindfulness

It’s not a long book at only forty pages but the price of £2.90 ON Amazon, seemed very reasonable.

I decided to start at the beginning, with the first meditation, Water Lily –Gentle Relaxation. I decided to include some of the additional activities to do with my son before the actual meditation.

Using pictures of water lilies and lily ponds I printed off the internet, we discussed various aspects of the pictures. The book includes questions for you to ask like “What does a water lily need to grow?”

We used the questions but I found others to ask based on how I conversation went. It was an enjoyable thing to do with my son and felt like we were spending some quality time together.

We found words to describe the flowers and the ponds and then used a thesaurus to find other alternative words as well.

At the end my son lay on the sofa and I read the meditation script. He was calm and peaceful throughout and seemed very relaxed. He said afterwards that it made him feel really good and he liked the experience.

We have since done a couple of the other meditations but not any of the other activities.  All the meditations have really positive and helpful themes, for example “Power Shield – Loving Kindness Practice” and “Treasure Island – Discovering Inner Gifts”. All the practices are for children aged between 5 or 6 and up to 12. My son is already 12 and I could see him still being happy with them for a little while longer.

I think for what I paid for this book it exceptionally good value for money and I know we will get good use out of it.

Book review: Nightlights

Today’s review comes from The NC – husband of our very own Vicki. This book is one that he uses with son Mini, after a recommendation from another parent.

Nightlights is a book designed to help you and your child with a calm and relaxing bedtime routine. It is available from major book retailers with a RRP of £12.99.CYMERA_20141203_182820

The book consists of some breathing and relaxation exercises to start with, followed by a series of short meditative stories and finishes with further exercises that your child could practice to help them with relaxing and visualising the stories.

Every story starts in a similar way, painting a picture to introduce the situation you are just about to explore. You then pick up your magic lantern and head down the enchanted pathway, where will it take you tonight?

Just as the start is always consistent, as is the finish. Each story is nicely finished off with a few ‘moral’ considerations to talk about. I was initially a little cautious when I came to these as I didn’t want to trigger a pre-bedtime explosion, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had a very relaxed little boy who was quite happy to have a brief discussion over each point.

The breathing exercises have provided a wonderful time for some close one-to-one work with us sitting crossed legged in front of each other, holding hands as we slowly relax and deepen our breathing.

Although Mini likes to read a lot he also likes to be in control – a lot. So it was no surprise that he finds it hard to let go and let his imagination take over. That said, the short stories have his attention from start to finish and the morals at the end have also made a small but meaningful impression.

With the help of the exercises in the book we are slowly beginning to make progress with the visualisation. I think that it is something that we will have to work on for a long time yet.

I think that it’s a brilliant book. The stories are short but still enough to capture the imagination and not leave your child feeling that they have been short changed. The morals behind them are not heavy going and the meditation provides the opportunity for some calm relaxing time together.

I have yet to find anything else that can bring a hyper, angry, aggressive seven year old back in control of himself as well as these stories have. Did I mention that he likes them as well?

Have you read Nightlights? What did you think of it?