How Kermit Taught Us About Self-Compassion and Friendship

How Kermit Taught Us About Self-Compassion and Friendship

The science on self-compassion is clear - it is more important to teach our kids how to self-sooth and cut themselves a break when they fail to meet their own expectations or that of the outside world, than almost anything else. Give your kids a gander at Kermit & Don Music in this classic Sesame Street skit from yesteryear. Is Don Music being waaaaaaay too hard on himself? What kinds of things is he saying about himself that are actually getting in the way of writing the hit song he desires? And what does Kermit do to help him be his own Bestie?

How to Teach Your Kids about Their Inner Critic (Mindful.org)

How to Teach Your Kids about Their Inner Critic (Mindful.org)

Have you ever heard your child say something like: “I’m not good at this” or “It’s all my fault” or “I shouldn’t have even tried.” Sometimes kids don’t say these things out loud, but they refrain from doing certain activities or speaking up because they’ve decided they’re just not good enough. Help your child make sense of their inner critic, give a name to it, and then take some easy-to-implement steps to combat and reverse downward spiralling, negative self-talk…

Why the practice of mindfulness is so important for children (Today's Parent)

Why the practice of mindfulness is so important for children (Today's Parent)

Check out Trina Markusson’s book Good Morning, Sunshine! A Story of Mindfulness, which smartly teaches children and parents alike how the practice of mindfulness can stop the stream of stressful thoughts and help kids regain power over emotions.

New HotDocs Film Reminds Us That Mister Rogers Put Kid's Feelings First

New HotDocs Film Reminds Us That Mister Rogers Put Kid's Feelings First

Mr. Roger's believed that "the greatest thing we can do is to help somebody know that they're loved and capable of loving." He set out to do this each day on set with his groundbreaking children's show Mister Rogers' Neighbourhood (1968 to 2001). He believed "children have very deep feelings, just the way everybody does" and he nourished and protected these feelings by modelling compassion and kindness, and talking to kids straight-up about topics that most adults would not have known how to position (war, divorce, tragedy).


Jeff Warren, Kidevolve & Zany, Zesty Kid's Mindfulness on the Mindful Mama Podcast!

Jeff Warren, Kidevolve & Zany, Zesty Kid's Mindfulness on the Mindful Mama Podcast!

Jeff Warren was recently featured on Hunter Clarke-Field's tremendously popular Mindful Mama Podcast, where he talks all about how much fun he has channeling and developing Kidevolve's Creative Mind Journey™ audio tracks for 6-12 year olds - first-of-their kind audio stories that mix music, sound fx, incredible voice talent and pure whimsy to deliver highly imaginative tales that double as smart guided practices. Check it out...

15 Mindfulness & Relaxation Apps for Kids with Anxiety (excerpt from Parenting Chaos.com)

15 Mindfulness & Relaxation Apps for Kids with Anxiety (excerpt from Parenting Chaos.com)

As many of you know, Kidevolve is underway in designing our very own mindfulness app, built especially for kids aged 5-10 from the ground up. We're doing something new and exciting in this burgeoning area... and since we started crafting and refining our unique Creative Mind Journeys - super cool audio tracks for kids that double as guided practices - several other interesting players have entered this space (or added kid's material to adult apps). The good news? More options for kids, parents, mental health specialists and educators. The bad news? Not all of these offerings are created equal. Check out this list of 2018 apps and let us know which ones you like or don't like for the kids in your life and why...  Are they practical? Is carving out a quiet space to actually use them doable for your family? How open have your kids been to these kinds of experiences? If you haven't already, delve in and test drive a few of these... your feedback will help us to bring something truly special to the marketplace that will really hit the mark with young children.

Mindfulness for Children - Well Guide for Children (part 2 of 2, from The New York Times)

Mindfulness for Children - Well Guide for Children (part 2 of 2, from The New York Times)

Here is part 2 from the New York Times excellent series on mindfulness for children... the big takeaway? Mindfulness training can be applied at every age to foster resiliance. Don’t make mindfulness seem like something only to be used in times of trouble — present it across a child's development as a tool to be used in a variety of situations.

Mindfulness for Children - Well Guide for Infants (part 1 of 2, from The New York Times)

Mindfulness for Children - Well Guide for Infants (part 1 of 2, from The New York Times)

The New York Times has recently released a series of Well Guides describing how children of all ages can benefit from mindfulness - the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment. In this installment we look at impacts on infants. In our next installment, we'll continue on with how mindfulness training can impact Toddlers, Young Children, Older Children and Teens...