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Simple mindfulness practices to help your child (ages 5-12) deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions—with a 60-minute audio CD of guided exercises read by Myla Kabat-Zinn.

Mindfulness—the quality of attention that combines full awareness with acceptance of each moment, just as it is—is gaining broad acceptance among mental health professionals as an adjunct to treatment. This little book is a very appealing introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents. In a simple and accessible way, it describes what mindfulness is and how mindfulness-based practices can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware. The book contains eleven practices that focus on just these scenarios, along with short examples and anecdotes throughout.

Included with purchase is an audio CD with guided meditations, voiced by Myla Kabat-Zinn, who along with her husband, Jon Kabat-Zinn, popularized mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) as a therapeutic approach.

Continue your mindfulness practice with Eline Snel through her other mindfulness meditation titles, including Sitting Still Like a Frog Activity Book, which offers 75 fun mindfulness games and activities for children, and The Little Frog Awakes, which offers tools and advice for mindfully responding to younger children ages 18 months to 4 years.

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" Sitting Still Like a Frog introduces the basics of mindfulness to children in an easy-to-understand and playful way. It guides children in the cultivation of presence: presence of mind, presence of heart, and presence in the body. This is something we are all capable of but usually don''t cultivate intentionally. Why not start young in training those capacities? The world nowadays is so complex and fast-paced that knowing how to ground oneself in the present moment is an absolute necessity to make sense of the world and to continue learning, growing, and contributing what is uniquely yours to contribute in this world." —from the foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn

" Sitting Still Like a Frog teaches children mindfulness through an amphibious friend who sits very still. . . . Many practices fill the book and audio CD, and all of them remind us, and our children, just how easily thoughts can move us off our lily pads." — Mindful magazine

"From the central image of sitting still like a frog to the spaghetti test for physical relaxation, the images, metaphors, and practical exercises are pitched at the right level to really engage children—this book and CD will prove a valuable resource for our family''s spiritual explorations." — Juno magazine

“An informative Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn introduces this valuable guide on mindfulness and meditation for children. Eline Snel is a seasoned parent, therapist and teacher. Her book is filled with practical suggestions and examples of how mindfulness can help to cultivate attentiveness (internal and external), relieve stress, recognize moods, relax, and deal with what is happening within and around us. The CD provides eleven guided meditations. For parents, teachers and anyone ages 5 to 12 (and up).”
Light of Consciousness magazine 

“In a simple and accessible way, Sitting Still Like a Frog describes what mindfulness is and how mindfulness-based practices can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware.” — Children’s Books Daily

“Whether you prefer the book or CD, Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids and Their Parents is an excellent tool for helping kids wind down before bed.” — Mind Body Green

About the Author

ELINE SNEL is a therapist and certified MBSR trainer and runs the Academy for Mindful Teaching in the Netherlands. She has been developing and teaching mindfulness-based courses for over twenty years and trains teachers to teach MBSR techniques to students. Her program has been used in numerous primary schools in the Netherlands. She has recently started a pilot project in various secondary schools to teach mindfulness practices to teenagers. Eline also teaches the program in Belgium, France, and Germany. More information is available on www.academievoormindfulteaching.nl and www.elinesnel.nl. For children''s training by AMT instructors, see www.aandachtwerkt.com.

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RHatfield
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Amazing. I wouldn''t have believed it if I hadn''t seen it.
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2016
This is my first review for a product I have purchased on Amazon. I feel so strongly about it that I felt the need to write and encourage other parents to try it. We have been using this CD daily for over 3 months. It has created an almost miraculous change in... See more
This is my first review for a product I have purchased on Amazon. I feel so strongly about it that I felt the need to write and encourage other parents to try it.

We have been using this CD daily for over 3 months. It has created an almost miraculous change in helping my severely anxious child learn to calm himself down. This book has literally changed my child''s life. I feel like a proselytizer when I tell people about it, but I feel strongly enough about it that I don''t even care. ;)

I have a young elementary-aged child with anxiety so extreme that in the past, it was interfering with him falling asleep at night. We would do the whole bedtime-routine, I would turn out the light and leave the room and then he would spend up to 3 hours walking in circles in his bedroom until he fell over from exhaustion. He simply did not know to "turn off his brain" so that he could sleep. We tried many different things to help him calm down: hot baths, massages, reading books until he fell asleep, etc. None of them really worked. Recently his therapist recommended that we try some "mindfulness" training. I had the vague idea that mindfulness meant focusing on gratitude, taking some deep breaths, etc., but I had no idea how to teach that skill to a child. I started looking on Amazon for books on mindfulness and stumbled upon this Book/CD set. I ordered it, along with some of the Indigo Dreams CDs and crossed my fingers that something might help.

When the book and CD arrived, I skimmed the book and was totally unimpressed. I didn''t even bother to finish reading it, because it came across as dry and boring. But the CD...that''s another thing. The CD has 11 meditations on it that cover a variety of situations, from general anxiety to sadness to not being able to fall asleep. And they are amazing. They tap into a kid''s deepest thoughts and insecurities and needs in ways that kids can''t even verbalize. They are...magic. For the past three months, my kid has been falling asleep on average within 10 minutes of turning on the CD player. There was ONE night that meditation didn''t work, and that was because he was too worked up to use it.

The CD starts with a 9 minute introduction that teaches kids how to meditate. (They don''t realize that''s what is happening. They think they are just learning to "sit like a frog.") After listening to that several times, my child had a very clear idea of how the meditative process worked and how it made him feel. He wanted more, because the feeling was so good. Over several days, we worked our way through all the meditations. Now he cues up the tracks he thinks he needs based upon what he is feeling. "The Conveyor Belt of Worries," "Sitting Like a Frog," "The Secret of the Heart Chamber," and "Sleep Tight" are our favorites. We listen to at least one every day. And the cumulative affect has been much greater than just helping with bedtime. It has helped my child to be calmer all throughout the day.

In researching the affects of meditation on the brain, I discovered that there are studies showing through the use of MRIs that mediation can actually shrink the fear-portion of your brain and strengthen the higher-reasoning portions. This affect is cumulative; the more you meditate, the greater and longer-lasting the benefit.

I have recommended this CD to anyone and everyone I know who has small children. The life lesson of learning to be calm and recognize that "thoughts are just thoughts and they don''t KNOW everything" sends an incredibly powerful message that I think benefits all children. I even gave our copy to my child''s teacher so she could use it in the classroom, because she said that all the kids are struggling to maintain calm as we get toward the end of the year. Now I''ll be purchasing a new copy for home, because we can''t be without it. :)
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Bossmom
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Not a read aloud as I thought
Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2018
The cover art and presentation make this seem like a book to read aloud to your kids, but it’s actually a book for adults to read for exercises to do with their kids. I should have paid closer attention. It just looks so cute, it seems like a kid book, not a parenting book.... See more
The cover art and presentation make this seem like a book to read aloud to your kids, but it’s actually a book for adults to read for exercises to do with their kids. I should have paid closer attention. It just looks so cute, it seems like a kid book, not a parenting book. Maybe it’s great but it means carving out time to read the involved text, digest it and study it and then apply it with my kids. Guess I’m not mindful enough to dedicate that focused time and attention yet.
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My daughter is 5 and has trouble falling asleep-settling down at night like most kids
Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2018
I almost never write reviews, however I need to tell this story. My daughter is 5 and has trouble falling asleep-settling down at night like most kids, and dealing with strong emotions. This CD has done wonders and it has only been 4 days. For example, she told me this... See more
I almost never write reviews, however I need to tell this story. My daughter is 5 and has trouble falling asleep-settling down at night like most kids, and dealing with strong emotions. This CD has done wonders and it has only been 4 days. For example, she told me this morning that she woke up in the middle of the night. She does this regularly and has a hard time going back to sleep.
She said ''then I listened to the CD and fell back asleep''. The cd wasn''t in her room at the time so I asked her how. She said ''In my brain''.
Meditation is very powerful. I will say the vocabulary used by the narrator is a little mature for a 5 year old, but shes learning! Never assume your kid cant understand, they are smart little angels!
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How kids and parents can become more mindful and cope more effectively with emotional stessors
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2017
Anyone who’s ever taught children mindfulness, concentration, or relaxation knows that one can’t use the same tried and tired approach one does with adults. One must recognize the strengths and weaknesses that children’s level of cognitive development brings. [That said,... See more
Anyone who’s ever taught children mindfulness, concentration, or relaxation knows that one can’t use the same tried and tired approach one does with adults. One must recognize the strengths and weaknesses that children’s level of cognitive development brings. [That said, I’ve found myself in front of a room full of kids who sat with the unflinching stillness of bronze Buddha statues, but that’s because regular practice was part of their school experience.] This is the twin premise of Snel’s book: that one needs to tailor one’s approach to teaching children to be mindful, and that their practice needs to be integrated into their life on the whole.

It should be pointed out that the book isn’t just a collection of exercise for children. It’s also a book for parents to help them align their approach to parenting to the mindfulness that the child is developing. It’s also a book of application. That is, it’s not about practicing mindfulness meditation in the abstract; it’s about using the understanding that arises from that practice to improve behavior and emotional coping.

Chapter 1 introduces the topic of mindfulness and sets up the book’s approach as well as explaining the use of the audio exercise that go along with the book. The second chapter explains a mindful approach to parenting by which parents can adopt a calmer and less emotionally-charged approach to interacting with their child. Chapter 3 explains how and why breath is used as the basic anchor point to life in the here and now. Chapter 4 suggests how attention can be improved, and mindful eating is used as a tool to advance this objective. The next chapter explores how mindfulness can be practiced using the body as a means to anchor one’s awareness while simultaneously being more aware of what’s going on with one physically. There is discussion of mindful walking, but most of the chapter is about teaching children to be more cognizant of what they feel as a precursor to being more emotionally aware.

The next several chapters cover emotional awareness and how to improve response to emotional situations (both for the child and for the parent.) Chapter 6 uses the analogy of a weather report as a means for children to evaluate their emotional state. Chapter 7 expands on the topic by considering how one can manage one’s response to emotions. The crucial topic of witnessing the changing nature of emotional states is the subject of Chapter 8.

The last two chapters examine how to cultivated desirable character traits in children. The penultimate chapter describes how kindness can be fostered as a skill in children. The last chapter is entitled “Patience, Trust, and Letting Go” and that probably adequately describes the gist of topics covered. The concept of an “inner movie theater” is discussed as a tool to facilitate building the desired characteristics.

There’s a single page bibliography and a table of audio exercises at the end. As far as graphics are concerned, they are mostly whimsical drawings of frogs.

I found this book to be concise, informative, and designed to appeal to the child’s need for concrete--as opposed to abstract—conceptualization of this, otherwise cerebral, topic.

I’d recommend this book for parents, teachers, and others who interact with children.
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Cheryl L. Jones
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Great purchase
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2017
I have two daughters, 6 and 8 year olds. I do it with them before bedtime, and they both enjoy it. My oldest has ADHD and it teaches her to calm herself. It also helps them relax before bedtime. Definitely a great purchase.
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Wonderful! I couldn''t be happier with this book and ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2015
Wonderful! I couldn''t be happier with this book and the CD. My son is 12 and I recently got him into meditating to help with feelings of anger, fear, anxiety, etc. Each evening we listen to 1-2 (sometimes 3 if needed) meditations and he goes to sleep feeling much more calm... See more
Wonderful! I couldn''t be happier with this book and the CD. My son is 12 and I recently got him into meditating to help with feelings of anger, fear, anxiety, etc. Each evening we listen to 1-2 (sometimes 3 if needed) meditations and he goes to sleep feeling much more calm and relaxed. I highly recommend this to any parent of a child who seems overwhelmed with life''s worries. There are some relaxing meditations as well for those nights when all is well and we just want a nice soothing intro to sleep. Some meditations seem meant for morning or daytime, but we always do them at night.
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MFT
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Fantastic meditation for kids
Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2016
Love this cd. Great way to teach children ways to manage their difficult emotions. I recommend listening to the same track several times before moving on to the next track, this way they get well versed in one technique/imagery and develop some mastery before jumping... See more
Love this cd. Great way to teach children ways to manage their difficult emotions. I recommend listening to the same track several times before moving on to the next track, this way they get well versed in one technique/imagery and develop some mastery before jumping prematurely to another.
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Mindful Social Worker
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Highly Recommend!
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2016
In my opinion there is no better book available to teach children and there parents about mindfulness. CD with guided mindfulness exercises makes this a valuable asset for parents wanting to help their children with focus, attention and, self soothing for stress relief.... See more
In my opinion there is no better book available to teach children and there parents about mindfulness. CD with guided mindfulness exercises makes this a valuable asset for parents wanting to help their children with focus, attention and, self soothing for stress relief. Highly recommend!
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Jay
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Book not like its cover or Amazon page. Disappointed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 14, 2018
This book looks good on the amazon page, but when you get down to reading and using it, it''s not that great. The author has basically hijacked another mediation book, and repackaged it. Which I didn''t mind, I thought the book would have nice illustrations for children (like...See more
This book looks good on the amazon page, but when you get down to reading and using it, it''s not that great. The author has basically hijacked another mediation book, and repackaged it. Which I didn''t mind, I thought the book would have nice illustrations for children (like the picture the cover) and meditation scripts tailored for children, but the text of the book and accompanying CD are more for adults. Really you can get any mediation book, think yourself how to adapt it to children use a frog as an example of sitting and you have this book. I was hoping the work was already done for me. The book waffles on about the benefits of mediation and examples of success, its about 100 pages and its 26 that the first exercise starts. I wanted practical tips to help my child start mediation not be sold the benefits of mediation.
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Alyissa
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Helps my daughters anxiety
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 12, 2020
My daughter struggles with social anxiety (mainly at school) my GP recommended this book as her husband is a clinical psychologist and swears by it. My daughter has tried three of the exercises so far, she wasn’t keen to participate in the breathing exercises at first but...See more
My daughter struggles with social anxiety (mainly at school) my GP recommended this book as her husband is a clinical psychologist and swears by it. My daughter has tried three of the exercises so far, she wasn’t keen to participate in the breathing exercises at first but really enjoys it now.
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Paula
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Helped my 13 year old
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 18, 2019
Bought for my son after a recommendation, he says it has hepled him to understand more about the anxiety problems he has been experiencing. Good book, easy to understand, comes with a CD. Would recommend for any parent whose child suffers from anxiety.
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Highly recommended to any parent with a child with attachment issues
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 6, 2015
Highly recommended to any parent with a child with attachment issues, ADHD, ASD etc. Within the first two days there was a vast improvement in my son''s sleeping patterns. Amazing book.
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No impressed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 28, 2019
Not impressed really. Voice is annoying. Cd i was looking forward for my 12 year old but neither of us liked it so it wont be used. So disappointing. Not even sure what age group this would fit.
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