Well-Being Toolkit for Children, Educators and Parents
While research regarding mindfulness practices for children is still at an early stage, initial results point to potential benefits in children’s ability for self-regulation. Developing an ability to focus attention is an essential skill that can aid in kids’ relationships, school, sports, music and other areas of life.
This well-being toolkit is intended for educators, parents and caregivers of children. We have included tips, audio and video practices, our Kindness Curriculum and more resources for you.
Our mindfulness-based Kindness Curriculum is a complete set of practices used in one of our studies in preschool classrooms, freely available to you.
More Education Tools and Resources
- Wisconsin Public Television
- Growing Minds: Calm Classrooms & Caring Schools
- Pure Edge
- Mindfulness Without Borders
- Association for Mindfulness in Education
- Move This World
- Brown University Contemplative Studies Initiative
- Garrison Institute Initiative on Contemplation and Education
- Inner Kids Program
- Inner Resilience Program
- Mindfulness in Education Network
- Mindful Schools Program
- MindUP Program
- SMART (education teacher renewal program)
- Still Quiet Place Program
- Stressed Teens Program
- Learning to BREATHE
- Wellness Works in Schools Program
- Inward Bound Mindfulness Education
Mindful Movement for Young Learners
Lisa Thomas Prince, an outreach specialist with the Center for Healthy Minds, shares a practice for young learners to promote well-being.
Awareness Practice for Kids
In this practice, lead by Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson, kids can learn a technique to cultivate their attention through being aware of their senses.
Finger Tracing Practice for Kids
Center well-being expert Chad McGehee shares a mindfulness-based practice to help kids calm the mind.
Body Movement Practice for Kids
Center well-being expert Abby Lindemann leads young viewers through an exercise using awareness of the body to notice emotions and feelings.
"Slow Mo Catch" Practice for Kids
McGehee leads children through a brief breathing practice that can be used to foster attention and calm.
Being Mindful During a 'Thought Parade'
McGehee shares strategies for young adults on how to relate to our flurry of thoughts with a more mindful attitude.
More Well-Being, Decoded
Learn the latest from our research, see recent media mentions and experience some of the practices we study.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Kindness Audio Practice
In this five minute active practice, you’ll learn how expressing kindness toward others can help you feel more connected.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Core Values Audio Practice
In this five minute seated practice, you’ll uncover the values and principles that guide you in your life, and help you define your inner sense of purpose.
Healthy Minds in Practice: A Tour of the Senses Audio Practice
In this ten minute seated practice, you’ll learn how paying attention to your senses can help you feel more connected to the present moment.
Helping Social Change Makers Through a Culture of Well-Being
The Wellbeing Project, a global initiative focusing on cultures of well-being for social change institutions, visited the Center for Healthy Minds to launch a collaboration to understand well-being in organizational culture.
How Ancient Practices Fuel New Approaches to Well-Being
New research considers the idea of using heat to improve mental states