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.
"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.
Attention to Breath and Body
Watch the ways students learn mindfulness by paying attention to their senses, breath and body movements while learning the Kindness Curriculum. Produced by PBS Wisconsin Education
Caring and Emotions
Explore how students recognize and work with their emotions, learning to care for themselves and others while learning the Kindness Curriculum. Produced by PBS Wisconsin Education.
More Well-Being, Decoded
Learn the latest from our research, see recent media mentions and experience some of the practices we study.
How We Can Reconnect with Each Other and the Planet During Crisis
Dekila Chungyalpa, Director of the Loka Initiative, recently hosted a conversation with Lama Rod Owens, a Buddhist teacher, author and minister from Harvard Divinity School, on ways people can understand the messiness and pain of this moment, but also the opportunity for profound change and transformation that can unfold.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Clarity in Uncertain Times
When thoughts and reactions overwhelm us, we can see more clearly by reframing things with insight and appreciation. This 10-minute practice helps to regain clarity during uncertain times.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Calm in the Midst of Chaos
Having a sense of resilience can help us find calm and perspective in even the most challenging situations. This 10-minute practice calms the mind and helps us tap into our inner resilience.
As schoolchildren in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley encountered ideas from the Center's Kindness Curriculum, teachers and parents noticed that one kind act begets another.
How appreciating basic goodness can help us get through this pandemic
Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson shares research-backed insights on how to appreciate basic goodness in order to help us get through this pandemic.
Art and Tibetan Medicine during Stressful Times
Tawni Tidwell, Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Center recently collaborated with The Rubin Museum on their Rubin Daily Offering, which provides art, ideas and practices to help us achieve greater balance at a moment of considerable upheaval.