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Anxiety and big emotions are such a large part of our children’s lives these days. My hunch is that this “invisible disability” has been present for many years; it’s just finally getting recognized and acknowledged. There are also many things teachers and parents can do to assist our Littles in better navigating anxiousness and fear including Mindful Breathing for Kids. The new picture book, My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing, is another amazing resource.
Mindful Breathing for Kids
My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing (HARPER Hardcover, on sale May 15, 2018) is written by Nick Ortner and Alison Taylor, with pictures by Michelle Polizzi
“At the end of the day, there is a LOT to think about,” shared Nick and Alison. “Taking deep breaths in and out when you are sad, or mad, or worried, or happy can help you feel better.”
A wonderful read for the chaotic preschool classroom or after a busy day before bed, MY MAGIC BREATH helps children process their emotions and consciously breathe through the moment to help find calm. Accompanied by Michelle Polizzi’s whimsical watercolors, this new release provides simple prompts to inspire conversation between parent/educator and child about how they feel:
- Are there too many thoughts running through your mind?
- What happened today that made you smile?
- Did something happen that made you feel sad or mad?
Co-author Alison Taylor just so happens to be an elementary school teacher so has used mindful breathing for kids, or “magic breath,” in her own classroom.
“I’ve found much value in teaching my students to be in control of their thoughts and feelings,” she noted. “Whether through mindful breathing, yoga brain-breaks, or calm places in the classroom to collect one’s thoughts, I’ve found children respond effectively to this principle. I’ve noticed great payback in the classroom from giving students the opportunity to work through their feelings, worries, and anxieties. Even as adults, we have trouble focusing and thinking efficiently if we are preoccupied with an outside worry. Children are the same and benefit from being taught tools to understand how to navigate these situations. It also allows for problem-solving and building resilience in children as they can use mindful breathing to calm stress signals and think clearly when a problem or worry arises, instead of shutting down.”
With a read-along-breathe-along element, MY MAGIC BREATH reminds everyone that you can find peace with just a simple, mindful, magic breath.
Grab your copy of My Magic Breath on Amazon and be sure and visit Nick and Alison here.
Something to do |A conversation with NICK ORTNER and ALISON TAYLOR Authors of My Magic Breath
So how does mindful breathing work?
Nick and Alison: Mindful breathing is as simple as taking a deep breath, and just noticing that you’re doing. Bringing awareness to something we do thousands of times a day can be transformative, as it brings us to the present moment and relaxes our body. In this way, mindful breathing is a reminder to pause and think rather than react impulsively. While mindful breathing can allow for individuals to process “negative” feelings, it also gives an opportunity for sincere appreciation and gratitude for what makes us happy.