A Friend in Me: Self-Compassion for Kids and Parents

This program is designed for children ages 7-12. This skill-building program utilizes a combination of age-appropriate exercises - mindfulness, yoga/mindful movement, art, meditation practices, and multimedia - to cultivate kindness, encourage insight, build skills of self-awareness and empathy, and strengthen the capacity for greater emotional regulation and stronger emotional resilience.

Since many families are required to make adjustments to their daily schedule due to these unprecedented times we face, we are choosing to offer this program online for you and your child. This invitation allows for you as a parent to participate and practice the meditations and exercises with your child at home. The program consists of age-appropriate practices for your child, followed by a 30-minute parent session to help you support your child at home.

Focused attention and sustained concentration are just a few of the benefits of mindfulness. Kids can easily experience what is commonly known as the "monkey mind," a mind that jumps around, and is continually distracted by thoughts and ruminations about the past and future. Neuroscience research provides strong evidence that when practiced, mindfulness can help to calm the mind and body, alter the structure and function of the brain/pre-frontal cortex, and promote a greater sense of well-being. One of our pre-teen students stated, "I may not always understand my feelings, but I know if I name it, I can tame it. I can choose what is important to pay attention to and can focus better when I need to." By building the capacity to become more self-aware, kids develop greater resilience and emotional strength in the face of adversity. Mindfulness and self-kindness help to cultivate the skills to respond with greater kindness and generosity to the needs of others as well as their own.