First of all I must apologise for the length of time it has taken me to review this book, I wish I had more time to sit down and read. Especially when the book can have a wonderful impact on family life!
The book is about meditation and relaxation techniques for children of all ages to help them manage their stresses and learn to relax which can have many benefits including building their self esteem and improving concentration, hopefully leading to happy children and a happy family.
When we as adults all lead such busy and stressful lives it is easy to look back at our childhoods with rose tinted spectacles and it can sometimes be hard to imagine what a child could be stressed about. But as the book suggests there are a variety of situations or circumstances that children of any age can perceive as stressful and I would imagine stress levels increase with age as children start to take exams and have to make decisions about their future.
Therefore equiping your children with strategies on how to deal with stress could give them lifelong benefits, and the book has stress busting techniques suitable for all ages of children, toddlers to teenagers.
The book has short exercises perfect for young children’s limited attention spans. And this could be a good way to help them relax when they get frustrated with their limited ability to express themselves through lack of vocabulary.
As well a helping your children relax the book also benefits adults as the techniques are a good opportunity to spend quality time with your children with no distractions.
It also helps give you techniques to combat you own stress levels, whether that be child related or not! And reminds you to calm down and appreciate the moment, something we often need reminding when we lead such hectic lives. Life’s too short and the more time we spend stressed the less time we spend enjoying it.
My son has just turned 2 and one of the techniques I have tried with him is the chest and tummy breath. We both sit still in a quiet room and I try to draw his attention to his tummy moving as he breathes. He’s mesmerised at first and then has a little giggle. If it’s something he likes doing it’s something we can keep practising and then expand on as he gets older with other techniques. I would love to be able to give him some coping strategies for what is a very fast paced, competitive and stressful world.
A very useful and insightful book that helps you help your children cope with modern day stresses.
Review by Jill Westhead, morethanmummies.com
Disclosure: More Than Mummies was sent a complimentary copy of this book to review. All views expressed are that of the reviewer.
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