Author(s): MICHELLE BAILEY
Childhood is one of the most stressful periods in life as children have limited emotional resources for managing their feelings in times of stress.
Parenting Your Stressed Child helps parents, teachers, and school counselors identify signs of stress in their children and teach them simple mindfulness skills for staying resilient and calm in the face of stress, including breath awareness exercises, mindful movement, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, loving-kindness, and counting your blessings.
Teachers and school counselors will find that these skills help kids focus on their schoolwork and stay calm when they feel distressed. Parents can practice modeling these skills and incorporate them into their own lives in order to improve their children's ability to tolerate stress, both learning and teaching the art of resilience, a character trait that will stay with both parents and children for a lifetime.
How to provide their children with practical mindfulness-based life skills for keeping calm in stressful situations.
Michelle Bailey is a pediatrician who teaches mindfulness-based stress reduction skills to children in Duke Children's Healthy Lifestyles program. She was trained in Andrew Weil's Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She directs educational programs for medical professionals at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, NC.