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 […]

Helping kids be mindful during the holidays

  Mindfulness and the holidays The summer holidays can be a long time to spend with your kids. You love them but your whole routine can change and even though holidays are meant to be enjoyable, they can be a little bit stressful too! So here are some tips and ideas to help you keep […]

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 […]

Getting kids to eat – mindfully with chocolate

The festive season is upon us and we know how much chocolate and cookies we’ll be eating (and especially our kids!). So to help us through this ‘sweet season’ here’s a guide to eating chocolate (or cookies) mindfully that both you and your children can enjoy. Happy holidays! Training Courses in Teaching Meditation >>> Online […]

Helping kids manage behaviour with meditation and yoga

Yoga and Mindful Activities for Anger in Kids We are delighted to share some words of wisdom written by one of our Connected Kids Tutors, Yvonne Payne. Yvonne has been working with children using mindful activities and yoga to help them focus and manage strong emotions such as anger. Yvonne had been telling us about 2 different […]

6 steps to creating a meditation script for kids or teens

Excerpt from Calm Kids This is an excerpt from my book Calm Kids where I teach you the 6 important steps to creating your very own meditations. It is a key part of the level 1 course that I teach online/in class. It can be used to help develop guided meditations or mindful practices.   […]

Meditation to help you see the best in your kids and teens

Negativity Bias and Mindfulness It means that our brain and body constantly scan the environment for threats. If we detect a threat, we manage it as it activates our stress response (fight/flight/freeze) – which is designed to keep us alive. What it means is that we are hardwired (neurologically speaking) to seek out the negative in […]

How to help Kids in Canada thrive – with meditation and mindfulness

  Are Kids in Canada Coping with Stress? I’m writing this post with a focus on Canada.  Why?  Because I’ll be going there to teach in September and I wanted to find out more about how Canadian Kids could benefit from meditation. What I find fascinating is that many of the issues facing young people in […]

Changing Education with Meditation and Mindfulness

I’m looking to change the education system in order that kids benefit from meditation – every day. The very fact you are reading this blog suggests that you are interested in… a/teaching your children meditation b/teaching other people’s children meditation … and you want this world to be a better place for children in the future when we […]

Teaching Meditation to Teens or Kids is a Journey of Trust

So last week I was on holiday.  This was no ordinary holiday – this was a skiing holiday. First of all wasn’t sure why I was there.  I had never had a desire to ski and skiing holidays are quite expensive. But life is short and I thought ‘why not’?  Little did I know how […]

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