The Children’s Book Review | September 20, 2018
The Children’s Book Review: Which five words best describe Teach Your Child Meditation: 70 Fun & Easy Ways to Help Kids De-Stress and Chill Out?
Lisa Roberts: Playful, Educational, Engaging, Resourceful, and Essential
Can you share one highlight from the book?
I’m not sure there is one particular highlight per se, but I think a lot of parents (and children) are surprised to learn that meditation can be approached with a sense of fun and play. Even kids typically challenged by being still will find a technique in the book that meets their ability so they can be successful at meditation.
What has been the best reaction from a reader, so far?
A mom told me she caught her 7-year-old daughter out of bed after 9pm. When asked why she was up when she was supposed to be in bed, the daughter told her she was practicing yoga and that she did it almost every night – grabbing the book she proceeded to demonstrate two techniques from the book. Her mom was astounded, she had no idea her child was self-teaching meditation and yoga using the book.
Why do you think meditation books are an important part of a child’s home library?
Meditation is an essential life skill and providing the right tools for your child to learn essential skills is what good parents do!
For your writing energy: sugar or salt, tea or coffee?
Coffee to kick start, herbal tea and sparkling water to sustain. I am a grazer—I snack on raw nuts, fresh fruit and dark chocolate while working.
Writing tools: computer, pen and paper, or all of the above?
Both! I love making notes and jotting ideas down on paper, once words and ideas begin to flow I switch to the computer as I can’t read my handwriting—especially if I try to write fast to keep up with my brain!
What’s on your nightstand? Any books?
An old photo of my husband and I on a trip to Spain when we were dating, a tube of foot-cream that I’m usually too tired/lazy to apply at night, and a small stack of books:
The Science of Yoga, by William J. Broad
The Essential Rumi, by Coleman Barks
The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
We Were the Lucky Ones, by Georgia Hunter
Girl Last Seen, by Nina Laurin
Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?
I absolutely hated my first yoga experience. It took me five years to even consider trying yoga again. I am glad I did!
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I hope readers enjoy my book and are inspired to approach meditation and yoga with a sense of play, joy and creativity.
Written by Lisa Roberts
Publisher’s Synopsis: Help your child calm down, relieve stress, and achieve greater mindfulness with this illustrated guide to teaching kids meditation and breathing techniques—complete with 70 step-by-step exercises.
Even children need to learn ways to calm and center themselves. With its hands-on exercises, Teach Your Child Meditation gives kids ages 5-12 important tools to relieve anxiety, cultivate mindfulness, and gain confidence. More than 70 illustrated exercises—which all have fun names like “Funny Bunny Breath” and “Elephant Shower”—are organized to highlight their special benefits: choose from such categories as “Hocus Pocus, I Can Focus,” “The Chill Zone,” “Stress Busters,” or a section with group exercises that teachers and parents alike will love. Whether the goal is for a child to sleep better, concentrate before a big test or game, or enjoy some much-needed relaxation, this guide helps anyone who loves and plays with children to introduce them to the many benefits of meditation.
Ages 5-12 | Publisher: Sterling | June 5, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1454929185
About The Author
Lisa Roberts is a registered yoga teacher and registered children’s yoga teacher, and holds a certificate in children’s yoga therapy. She has worked in the pediatric wellness field since 2006 and currently runs the inpatient yoga program at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Lisa offers professional training teaching Kids Adaptive and Accessible Yoga for pediatric professionals, parents, and yoga teachers. In addition to Teach Your Child Meditation, she has developed a line of teaching tools for pediatric yoga teachers, parents, and kids.
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