Two Books: Mindfulness and Children

I am working with a partner on the curriculum for the Children’s Community School— a progressive preschool opening in West Philadelphia that will integrate mindfulness practice. It is an exciting venture. As a part of this, I am researching books to share with our parent and teacher community. In today’s newsletter for the school, I shared the two below and thought it worth posting here as well:

Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deep Self-Understanding Can Help you Raise Children who Thrive
by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell

This book is co authored by a child psychiatrist and and early childhood expert. It weaves together findings from neurobiology with attachment research in order to explore how the brain itself is built by the relationships we have and form. It focuses on parental exploration of childhood relationships and provides ideas for ways to enable our children to form secure attachments with us.

Calm and Compassionate Children: A Handbook
by Susan Usha Dermond

A simple and nonthreatening book, by a long time educator and school administrator with a commitment to educating the whole child, this is a quick and light read. It’s tenet is creating a heart centered framework for our children. It explores practical and easy ways to create this sort of framework by looking at celebrations, rituals, routines; time in nature; the power of story; the role of pets and play; music, movement, touch; silence; environment and relationships. Each chapter ends with simple and practical ways to explore the chapter’s theme.

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