helping kids and teens with mental health

Mental Health Day In the UK yesterday there was a mental health awareness day to help us understand and talk about mental health.  As someone who teaches meditation and mindfulness, this is a key part of the work I do.  It’s why I set up Connected Kids as I have witnessed, many times, how teaching […]

back to school – with mindfulness

Helping kids return to school with less anxiety (and more mindfulness) In Scotland our schools have already returned after the summer break, but in the rest of the UK (and perhaps worldwide) children and teens will be gearing up for their return. Some will feel excited about the prospect of a new school or new […]

Breathing in Breathing out Meditation for Kids

  Some of you may remember that several years ago I attended an Educator’s retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh. During the retreat we learned some mindfulness songs for kids –  this was one of my favourites. Acknowledging the breath can be a difficult concept for kids to grasp.  This breathing meditation video for kids gives […]

what is a connected kid? teaching meditation and mindfulness

There’s a whole story behind the name ‘connected kids’. Originally we had called our programme after the first book ‘Calm Kids – help children relax with mindful activities‘.    However the name didn’t sit comfortably with me.  I felt a bit ‘icky’ with the idea of adults trying to ‘calm kids’ down.   Meditation isn’t about […]

The difference between meditation and mindfulness

In the last 12 months, I’ve witnessed a huge increase in the interest we have in teaching children mindfulness. Compared to how this was 12 years ago when I first had a hunch we should be doing this… well it is simply astounding. I was never formally taught mindfulness. My meditation teacher, the late Kim […]

Toddlers to Teens – teaching kids meditation and mindfulness

Someone just emailed me with a great question which I’m sure many people think about. “just curious as to what age you think would be the earliest to teach children meditation/mindfulness and what would be the ideal age to begin?” Michelle

Free online session – teach kids meditation

We are holding a live, free on-line session with hints and ideas on how to teach kids meditation, plus an opportunity to ask Lorraine Murray (author of Calm Kids – help children relax with mindful activities) questions about teaching children. The event takes place live and online on … Friday 6th September at 8pm (GMT) […]

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