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.
10 Well-Being Tips During the Days of COVID-19
Pelin Kesebir, Assistant Scientist at the Center for Healthy Minds, shares 10 well-being tips for the time of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Well-Being Toolkit and Resources
This toolkit has a list of resources to support well-being during this trying time.
Healthy Minds in Practice: Valuing Strangers Audio Practice
In this five minute practice, we consider the common ground we have with strangers to be happy and free from suffering.
Healthy Minds in Practice: "This One Moment" Audio Practice
In this five minute practice, we work on pausing and reflecting to bring ourselves back into the present moment and strengthening our sense of purpose.
Are Stress Hormones ‘Bad’?
This year, the Center welcomed a new Science Director, Heather Abercrombie. Her previous work helped debunk popular notions of the stress-related hormone cortisol as unequivocally harmful and examines the role of stress hormones in depression.