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Pastoral Care: Contemplative & Mental Health Practices for Children & Youth
hotlines, guidelines and crisis intervention contacts; and support for pastoral care for children, tweens, teens, families, differently abled persons, elders and folks with memory concerns; including mindfulness, personal care and volunteer support
The Boy with Big, Big Feelings is relatable especially for children experiencing anxiety and extreme emotions, or who have been diagnosed with autism or as a Highly Sensitive Person.
Download a free parent guide for helpful tips.
Kids engage in and practice mindfulness through fun and easy exercises, quizzes, crafts, and activities, learning a deeper sense of peace, joy, and connection to the world, while improving emotional intelligence and self-esteem, and reducing anxiety.
Anxiety in kids is on the rise: 4.4 million children between the ages of 3 and 17 have diagnosed anxiety disorders, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And even more kids experience some level of anxiety in their daily lives. In kid-friendly language, Name and Tame Your Anxiety explains what anxiety is, how it works, and how to manage it.
Body awareness is a key foundation of consent. We Listen to Our Bodies gives children a vocabulary to understand and communicate their feelings, develop personal boundaries, and build their social and emotional skills.
Grandma's got a plate of cookies and some wise words about how Willow can name her “worry birds” and give them to God. Authors Dr. Josh and Christi Straub know that today’s children have a lot of real “what-ifs”—about diseases and disasters, friendships and failures, and all-things-growing-up. Willow’s story offers practical lessons to help worry birds fly away.
With unique prompts for each day, the 1-Minute Gratitude Journal helps kids develop a habit of thankfulness, discover the amazing health and attitude benefits of practicing gratitude, and have a lot of fun along the way.
This important follow-up to the bestselling, groundbreaking, and inspiring Something Happened in Our Town, is a much-needed story to help communities in the aftermath of gun violence. When Miles’s cousin Keisha is injured in a shooting, he realizes people can work together to reduce the likelihood of violence in their community.
With help from friends and family, Miles learns to use his imagination and creativity to help him cope with his fears. This book can help provide parents with helpful messages of reassurance and empowerment.
Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers with guidelines for discussing community gun violence with children, and sample dialogues.
Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason. Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got him in trouble. Then he met Ms. Maple, who helped him talk about the terrible thing that he had tried to forget. Now Sherman is feeling much better. This gently told and tenderly illustrated story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire. An afterword by Sasha J. Mudlaff written for parents and other caregivers offers extensive suggestions for helping traumatized children, including a list of other sources that focus on specific events.
What Do You Say to a Dragon? is a whimsical book that empowers children to express their emotions and use their imaginations to change the power dynamic of anxiety while also giving parents a healthy approach to helping their kids face fears.
With The Worry Workbook, children ages 7 to 12 will learn about how worrying affects their bodies, are encouraged to listen to their thoughts, and are invited to try activities that will help them push through their worries and anxieties, coming out the other side ready to tackle the world. Activities include:
Making a worry camera that captures fears and shrinks them into a manageable size
Coloring in a mood tracker that explores the rainbow of everyday emotions
Writing on the magic mirror of compliments to help recognize their strengths
Creating their very own list of anti-worry actions to fight fear and keep smiling
Parents: This book has been peer reviewed by a child psychologist, who has left notes throughout just in case your child has questions about the activities provided.
Blogs, Podcasts & Articles
offers journals for kids to help develop Social Emotional skills (creativity, dealing with mistakes, self-confidence, etc.) - plus a free podcast.
Free Spirit Publishing’s post Mindful Movement with Children includes an introduction to what mindful movement is, how it “works”, and the importance of teaching it to children and includes a mindfulness moment and a list of children’s books about mindfulness.