Help your child learn to manage their anxiety through the habit of mindfulness and gratitude.
a journal created especially for children ages 7 and up
Practicing mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety, calm the mind, help with concentration, reduce negative thoughts, help reduce muscle tension, and slow breathing and heart rate by removing us from the cycle of reliving past moments or prepping for future ‘might happens’.
When our children learn and observe mindfulness and gratitude together it allows gratitude to take up space in the brain, which helps them to feel less anxious, get more restful sleep, and build stronger relationships.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, defines mindfulness as “The awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
In other words, paying attention to the here-and-now, rather than the past or future. It sounds simple, but it takes practice.
The Taking Time For Me journal is meant to act as a tool that will help your child learn techniques to grow good habits of practicing both on a daily basis. Although each prompt may seem short, each is designed to encourage your child to slow down and take time for themselves by spending time in the present moment.
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What others are saying
We loved worked through the journal together. I wasn’t sure how my younger children would respond to it, but we incorporated it into our daily homeschool routine, and it quickly became something they looked forward to each day. We’ve had a lot of good discussions based around the prompts too.
I wasn’t sure how my daughter would respond to the journal. She’s been experiencing anxiety for the past couple of years and even though I’d read about the benefits of journaling, blank pages overwhelmed her. The simple prompts for each day allowed her to express her feelings and worries and also helped her pay attention to the bright spots in her day. She actually enjoyed working on her journal, and I had usually done her day’s prompt before I even had to ask.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the journal for?
When I was searching for a similar item for my children (ages 8 -15, at the time) I couldn’t find anything for them, so I created it with that age range in mind. However, children as young a 5 have worked through the journal, with the help of a parent or caregiver.
However, children as young a 5 have worked through the journal, with the help of a parent or caregiver.
(And many of the parents who worked through it have told me how much they enjoyed the journal themselves!)
What do I get in the journal?
The journal includes an introduction and overview, instructions for two simple breathing techniques, 31 days of prompts, a feelings check-in page, and two mindful reminders coloring pages.