Family Resources

Here you will find an array of resources designed to help families support their child’s social & emotional development. Each resources provides families a concrete way to help their sons & daughters reduce stress and build resilience.

Stress Reducing Tools

Try out this sample Mindfulness breathing exercise at home! Finger Breathing is a great way for children (and adults!) to incorporate calming, breathing exercises into their everyday lives.

Try out this sample Mindfulness breathing exercise at home! Finger Breathing is a great way for children (and adults!) to incorporate calming, breathing exercises into their everyday lives.

If you’re looking for a way to help your child create a more positive mindset, then this is the perfect tool. ASSET’s Mental Vacation Visualization tool helps individuals develop strong positive self-talk.

If you’re looking for a way to help your child create a more positive mindset, then this is the perfect tool. ASSET’s Mental Vacation Visualization tool helps individuals develop strong positive self-talk.

 

UCLA CARES

The folks at UCLA created the center for Child Anxiety, Resilience, Education, and Support (CARES). This center equips families with amazing resources connected to helping children with stress & anxiety.

Among the amazing resources offered by UCLA CARES is the Feeling Thermometer. They recommend families put this on their fridge at home. Family members can then mark where they are at regarding their emotions throughout the day. Showing children that even adults get uncomfortable and deal with “red temperatures” is an important part of developing strong emotional regulation.

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Creating a Visual Culture of Support

Hanging up posters and visuals is a great way to reinforce what you’re working on with children.

Recommended Reading List

On Mindfulness:

  • For user-friendly mindfulness practices: How to Train a Wild Elephant by Jan Chozen Bays

  • For the history and practice of western secular mindfulness: any book by Jon Kabat-ZInn

  • Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education by Katherine Weare and Thich Nhat Hanh

On Compassion and Heartfulness:

  • For a foundational understanding of how meditation begets well-being: Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzberg

  • Sustainable Happiness: The Mind Science of Well-Being, Altruism, and Inspiration by Joe Loizzo

  • From Mindfulness to Heartfulness: Transforming Self and Society with Compassion by Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu

On Self-Regulation:

  • For the most comprehensive understanding of self regulation and co-regulation from both a parent-child and teacher-student perspective: Self-Reg by Dr. Stuart Shanker

On Positive Psychology:

  • For a deep dive into the underlying principles of why happiness fuels success, not the other way around: The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

  • Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Rick Hanson

  • Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E. P. Seligman

On Resilience:

  • Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness by Rick Hanson