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Mindfulness and intentionality are two things largely missing from society these days; however, there is a push to bring these back in some circles, especially to help children who suffer from attention disorders or anxiety. Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) is a book that helps bring mindfulness to children in a simple, fun, and approachable way.

“You cannot control the sea. You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf on them.”

Mindfulness, or present-moment awareness, is all about learning self-awareness and awareness of the greater world. It is a skill to be cultivated, like any other. Author Eline Snel describes mindfulness thusly: “You cannot control the sea. You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf on them . . . there are always things we simply have to deal with.” The exercises here are designed to help children and their parents deal.

Sitting Still Like a Frog teaches how to be aware of breathing and tune into breath, to be present, and to be understanding and accepting, along with mindful eating, body awareness, and inner “weather reports,” all geared toward handling difficult emotions, controlling worry, and cultivating kindness and patience. This concise guide offers help in teaching children to learn to focus, concentrate, and pay attention in a rapidly changing world.

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