Mindfulness at Play

Mindfulness at Play

Parenting healthy, happy children with old wisdom and new science


Being present in the moment might seem like the most natural thing in the world for a parent and child. In today's distracted and overscheduled world though, it can be too easy to let those precious moments of true connection pas you by, and before you know it you are living with a teen who is almost a stranger to you.  Whether your child is still in the sandpit or a young adult navigating a chaotic world, this guide will help you learn the skills to parent mindfully and teach your child to be mindful too.


In Mindfulness at Play, expert authors Dr Stephen McKenzie and Angela North offer parents easy and effective ways to incorporate the benefits of mindfulness into day-to-day life for every child, from toddlers to teens and beyond.  Informed by the latest research and packed full of practical examples, case studies and activities, this is a comprehensive, one stop mindfulness resource for parents.  The clear explanation of psychological principles will also help you, the parent, to achieve a happier, healthier, more mindful life.


These easy to learn mindfulness principles will allow you and your children to:

* manage emotions with greater calm and insight

* develop resilience to life's challenges

* increase self-esteem and self-acceptance

* develop positive friendships and relationships

* communicate more openly with you

* navigate the teen years safely, and

* focus and learn more easily


This practical guide will greatly help young people's learning development, social development and whole-person development.  It is a comprehensive yet light, playful and play-based one-stop mindfulness resource for parents.


Dr Stephen McKenzie is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Melbourne where he is developing wellbeing related courses including a Wellbeing in Practice subject in the new Master of Professional Psychology course and the Australian Psychological Society partnered Mindfulness in Clinical Practice micro certificate. He is also leading the strategic expansion of online courses.

Angela North is a psychologist with 30 years' experience working with children, adolescents and their families. Employing play therapy, which is effective at treating a range of emotional and behavioral problems, Angela is passionate about sharing strategies with parents, so that they may respond therapeutically to their own children's needs. This unique approach empowers parents to become the agent of change in their children's lives. Angela is a presenter on child mental health, writes for the Australian Psychological Society and is the Principal Consultant Psychologist for Bestchance Child Family Care.


Mindfulness at Play

by Dr Stephen McKenzie & Angela North

Exisle Publishing

RRP: $34.99

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