Mindful Parenting


This topical guide will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse and other sources.

Contact us via online form or by phone (1-877-275-3227) to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Note that some videos may be viewed online, and journal titles will take you to the publisher’s homepage.

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The awakened family: a revolution in parenting
Shefali Tsabary
Viking, 2016
This book is all about parenting and the goals and myths of it. Mindless reactions and mindful presence is discussed.
Call#: HQ 755.6 .T8165 2016

Awakening joy
James Baraz and Michele Lilyanna
Parallax Press, 2016
This book provides practices and activities to cultivate mindfulness, resilience and compassion.
Call#: BF 637 .M37 B2319 2016
Also available as an eBook 

Breathe like a bear
Kira Willey
Rodale Kids, 2017
These 30 simple, short breathing practices and movements can be performed anytime, anywhere: in the car to the grocery store, during heavy homework nights at home, or even at a child’s desk at school.
Call#: BF 723 .M37 W555 2017

Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-minute mindfulness for busy moms
Shonda Moralis
The Experiment, 2017
Easy-to-follow practices that will help moms find quick, daily opportunities to reset and refocus with mindfulness.
Call#: BF 723.M37 W555 2017
Also available as an eBook 

Calm & Alert: Yoga and Mindfulness Practices to Teach Self-Regulation and Social Skill to Children
Helene McGlauflin
PESI Publishing & Media, 2018
This book gives parents, teachers, therapists, tools to teach mindfulness to kids through yoga.
Call#: WB 890 .M4599 2018

Everyday SEL in Early Childhood: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom
Carla Tantillo Philibert
Routledge, 2017
This book provides practical strategies for teaching Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), mindfulness, movement, and team-building to help your students grow into contributing and compassionate citizens of the world.
Call#: LB 1072 .T358 2018

Five-minute mindfulness parenting: essays and exercise for parenting from the heart
Claire Gillman
Quid Publishing, 2016
This book explores the ways in which the time we spend with our children can be calmer and more fulfilling.
Call#: BF 637 .M37 G416 2016
Also available as an eBook 

Growing mindful: mindfulness practices for all ages
Mitch Abblett
PESI, 2015
These 50 unique mindfulness cards teach awareness activities, how to be present in the moment, and to cultivate kindness & curiosity.
Call#: BF 321 .A23 2015
Also available in Spanish

Growing up mindful: essential practices to help children, teens, and families find balance, calm, and resilience
Christopher Willard
Sounds True, 2016
Growing Up Mindful helps parents, educators, and counselors learn how to embody and share the skills of mindfulness that will empower our children with resilience throughout their lives. Includes more than 75 accessible exercises and practices.
Call#: BF 723 .M37 .W554 2016
Also available in Spanish

I am peace
Susan Verde
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2017
Perfect for the classroom or for bedtime, this book’s gentle, concrete narration brings the tenets of mindfulness to a kid-friendly level.
Call#: WB 890 .V583 2017
Also available as an eBook 

It’s raining and I’m okay
Adele Devine
Jessica Kingsley Publisher, 2017
This calming story will help children calm their anxieties when things do not go according to plan, when crowds get overwhelming, or when they are tired.
Call#: PZ 8.3 .D4961 2017
Also available as an eBook 

The little book of mindfulness: 10 minutes a day to less stress, more peace
Patrizia Collard
Gaia Books, 2014
Mindfulness is the easy way to gently let go of stress and be in the moment. This book will show you how to bring simple 5- and 10-minute practices into your day in order to free yourself from stress and, ultimately, find more peace in your life.
Call#: BF 637 .M4 C654 2014
Also available in Spanish

Little flower yoga for kids: a yoga and mindfulness program to help your child improve attention and emotional balance
Jennifer Cohen Harper
New Harbinger Publications, 2013
Based on a growing body of evidence that yoga and mindfulness practices can help children develop focus and concentration, the simple yoga exercises in this book can easily be integrated into their child’s daily routine, ultimately improving health, behavior, and even school achievement.
Call#: WB 890 .C6601 2013

Meditation for moms and dads: 108 tips for mindful parents and caregivers
Shana Smith
ClearSky Publishing, 2016
This book guides parents through meditation to practice mindfulness and self-care.
Call#: BF 723 .M37 Sm511 2016

Mindful discipline: a loving approach to setting limits & raising an emotionally intelligent child
Shauna Shapiro
New Harbinger Publications, 2014
This book weave together ancient wisdom and modern science to provide new perspectives on parenting and discipline.
Call#: BF 723 .E6 S537 2014
Also available as an eBook

Mindful Games activity cards: 55 ways to share mindfulness with kids and teens
Susan Kaiser Greenland and Annika Harris
Shambhala, 2017
Playing games is a great way for kids to develop their focusing and attention skills and to become more mindful. This card deck helps parents, caregivers, and teachers cultivate these qualities at home or in a school setting.
Call#: BF 637 .M4 G73 2017

Mindful parenting for ADHD: a guide to cultivating calm, reducing stress, and helping children thrive
Mark Bertin
New Harbinger Publications, 2015
This book presents a proven-effective program for helping both parents and kids with ADHD stay calm in the present moment. Parents will also learn how to let go of judgments, reasonably assess their child’s strengths and weaknesses, lower stress levels for both themselves and their child, communicate effectively, and cultivate balance and harmony at home and at school.
Call#: WS 350.8 .B4621 2015

Mindfulness for carers: how to manage the demands of caregiving while finding a place for yourself
Cheryl A Rezek
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015
This book is designed for caregivers of sick individuals, which could include parents, and explains mindfulness and the benefits of practicing it.
Call#: BF 723 .M37 R339 2015

Peaceful parent, happy kids workbook: using mindfulness and connection to raise resilient, joyful children and rediscover your love of parenting
Laura Markham
PESI Publishing & Media, 2018
This workbook for parents is centered around mindfulness and staying calm while parenting.
Call#: HQ 769 .M3417 2018

Planting seeds: practicing mindfulness with children
Thich Nhat Hanh
Parallax Press, 2011
This book presents hand-on activities to help children and adults relieve stress, increase concentration and confidence, deal with difficult emotions, and improve communication. It includes over 30 full-color illustrations and an audio CD with songs and easy to follow practices.
Call#: BQ 5612 .N49 2011
Also available in Spanish

Raising good humans: a mindful guide to breaking the cycle of reactive parenting and raising kind, confident kids
Hunter Clarke-Fields
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2019
This book gives parents a guide on how to practice mindful parenting instead of reactive parenting. This guide talks about how to keep your cool, practicing compassion, etc.
Call#: HQ 755.8 .C5471 2019
Also available as an eBook and in Spanish

Ready, Set, Breathe: practicing mindfulness with your children for fewer meltdowns and a more peaceful family
Carla Naumburg
New Harbinger Publications, 2015
Ready, Set, Breathe will show you and your child how to focus, calm down, and live in the present moment. Designed for children ages 2-10 years old, this book is fun, engaging, and effective.
Call#: BF 723 .M37 N224 2015
Also available as an eBook

Roots and wings: mindful parenting in recovery
Dan Mager
Central Recovery Press, 2018
This book helps parents develop awareness and skills to become the parents they want to be and the parents their children need. Designed for parents in recovery.
Call#: HV 5132 .M337 2018

Sitting still like a frog: mindfulness exercises for kids (and their parents)
Eline Snel
Shambhala, 2013
This introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents includes practices that can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware.
Call#: WB 890 .Sn271 2013  
Also available in Spanish
Also available as a Spanish eBook

Using Imagination, Mindful Play and Creative Thinking to Support Wellbeing and Resilience in Children
Deborah Plummer & Alice Harper
Jessica Kingsley, 2022
This book will encourage children to build awareness of their inner and outer worlds by helping children manage transitions, stress, friendships, anger, how to build self-confidence and communication skills.
Only available as an eBook 

Visiting feelings
Lauren Rubenstein
Magination Press, 2014
Visiting Feelings encourages children to treat their feelings like guests — welcome them in, get to know them, and perhaps learn why they are visiting. Through this purposeful and mindful exploration, Visiting Feelings harnesses a young child’s innate capacity to fully experience the present moment and invites children to sense, explore, and befriend all of their feelings with acceptance and equanimity.
Call#: PZ 7 .R823 2013

A world of pausabilities: an exercise in mindfulness
Frank Sileo
Magination Press, 2017
This book was written to teach children to take a pause in their lives, to stop activity, to understand quiet time, and to think about what they are doing and where they are going.
Call#: PZ 8.3 .S582 2017


Mindfulness goes mainstream [videorecording] : techniques
165 min; DVD
PBS Distribution, 2017
This DVD will teach how to focus your attention in a brand new way in order to improve your overall health and well-being.
Call#: BF 723 .M37 M6619 2017


Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Wisconsin – Madison

Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin – Madison


Journal of Counseling & Development, 96(3)
Self‐Regulatory Growth Effects for Young Children Participating in a Combined Social and Emotional Learning and Mindfulness‐Based Intervention
Matthew Lemberger-Truelove, et al. (2018)
This article describes a mindfulness-based intervention with preschoolers and its results.

Handbook of Parent-Implemented Interventions for Very Young Children with Autism, Autism and Child Psychopathology Series, 283-298
Self-Help for Parents of Children with Autism: Mindfulness and Compassion
Samuel Fernandez-Carriba and Jessica Bradshaw. (2018)
This article refers to interventions that support for the mental health and overall well-being of these parents as self-help programs, including mindfulness and compassion meditation.

Web Resources

51 Mindfulness Exercises for Kids in the Classroom
This site offers some of the benefits of mindfulness and how it relates to social-emotional learning (SEL) and shares 51 tips and activities for teaching students how to practice mindfulness.

Mindfulness for Kids
This site includes information about mindfulness and how to get started with mindfulness.

Mindfulness for Parents
This site has four main topics which are how can mindfulness help, the COAL mindfulness activity, the 4, 5, 6 breathing activity, and an activity for practicing self-compassion.

Mindfulness Parenting
This site provides the basics on mindful parenting and tells how it is different from mindfulness in general. The effectiveness of mindful parenting is also talked about.

Simple Ways to Introduce Mindfulness and Meditation to Children
This site provides a basic introduction to mindfulness and how you can introduce mindfulness to young children.

Raising the Mindful Family
This site has information on how to raise a mindful family and provides multiple ways to practice mindfulness.

Media Kits

Growing Mindful: mindfulness practices for all ages
Mitch Abblett
Pesi Publishing & Media, 2019
This updated Growing Mindful card deck kit features 56 unique mindfulness activities to teach awareness, how to be present in the moment, and cultivate kindness and curiosity.
Call#: BF 637 .Ab199 2019

Melt anxiety and relax: card deck for kids
Jennifer L. Abel
Pesi Publishing & Media, 2019
This kit has 44 practices to help anxious and worried minds. Kids can learn how to regulate their thoughts and emotions and find ways to express themselves in a healthy way.
Call#: BF 723 .A5 .Ab34 2019

Mindfulness skills for kids: card deck and 3 card games
Debra E. Burdick
Pesi Publishing & Media, 2017
This kit has 52 exercises and practices to help kids calm their mind and body, pay attention, become more self-aware, feel happier and confident, connect with others, and have fun.
Call#: BF 637 .B795 2017

My calm place: yoga, mindfulness & meditation strategies for children
Barbara Neiman
Pesi Publishing & Media, 2016
This kit combines yoga, meditation, and mindfulness to calm emotions and promote self-regulation in children.
Call#: BF 637 .N3178 2016

Yoga & Mindfulness Practices for Children card deck
Jennifer Cohen Harper
Pesi Publishing & Media, 2016
This kit has over 50 activities for children to decrease stress and navigate the stressors of life without becoming overwhelmed. Mindfulness is used throughout the activities.
Call#: WB 890 .C6601ca 2016