Parenting Your Stressed Child
10 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Practices to Help Your Child Manage Stress and Build Essential Life Skills
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
192 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in
- Published: May 2011
Kids may have fewer responsibilities than mom and dad, but childhood can still be one of the most stressful periods in life. The stresses of school, extracurricular activities, and even day-to-day family living can make kids feel overwhelmed and distracted. To make matters worse, children have very little control over the events in their lives, and haven't had as much practice managing stress as adults.
In Parenting Your Stressed Child, you'll learn a variety of simple and effective mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) skills that you can teach your child to help him or her stay resilient and calm in the face of stress. This guide includes breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation practices, and visualization and loving-kindness meditations you and your child can do together to handle the ups and downs of everyday life. By modeling these skills and incorporating them into your own life, you can help your child learn the art of resilience, a skill that will stay with your child for a lifetime.
“I heartily recommend this warm-hearted and easy-to-use book. Pediatrician Michelle Bailey offers her readers a variety of methods for accessing the power of mindfulness to manage stress and cultivate happiness and well-being. Any parent of a stressed-out child should find something useful and sustaining here.”
—Jeffrey Brantley, MD, DFAPA, author of Calming Your Anxious Mind and founder and director of the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, NC
“Easy-to-read, practical tips tested through personal experience and illustrated with inspiring stories. I will recommend this book to families interested in learning how to use mindful practices to help kids master stress.”
—Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, FAAP, author of Mental Health Naturally and The Holistic Pediatrician
“This book is written in friendly, accessible language. It offers parents and children proven skills for dealing with stress and creating good mental health.”
—Amy Saltzman, MD, director of Still Quiet Place and the Association for Mindfulness in Education
“Michelle Bailey has created a highly applicable and practical hands-on book for parents raising children in the twenty-first century. Not only will the skills in this book be helpful to children, but they will also benefit the parents themselves. It is with great pleasure that I recommend this book.”
—Gina M. Biegel, MA, LMFT, psychotherapist and author of The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens