Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience

Growing Up Mindful

Christopher Willard, Psy.D.

$16.95 P, 9781622035908
Sounds True

American school-age children and teens are "the most stressed-out age group in the country" according to a 2014 American Psychological Association survey of stress ... and they aren’t even paying the bills or voting for the next president!

Enter Growing Up Mindful, which centers around helping the parents of over-stressed children teach them the simple skills of being present.

Dr. Willard is young and very accomplished in the world of academia, public education, private clinical practice, and the art of meditation. His education, training, and experience has evolved into the wisdom of his local Cambridge teaching, his international lectures, his online breathing meditations, and his ability to coach parents with high-maintenance children.

While his book doesn’t present as kid-friendly, once the adult enters into his world they will soon discover the child’s mind and, in turn, rediscover their own inner child. Dr. Willard explains basic neuroscience of stress and responses to stress, emphasizes the ability to tolerate aloneness and/or unstructured time (the core of any mindfulness practice), considers FOMO—the widespread "fear of missing out" if not plugged in at all times. Growing Up Mindful zeroes in on helping children, but countless readers will benefit from his simple tips and guidelines for slowing down, shutting off, disengaging with electronics, and developing strong inner resources to cope with a highly advanced and very stressful society.

July 1, 2016
Reviewed by: 
Allyson Gracie