Sitting Still Like a Frog Book Review

Do you want to help your kids deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions?

This book am about to review will help your kids do that just. The book is titled :Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents).

In this review, i will take you through what the book is ,what it talks about,its cost and finally my thoughts about the book.

I will try all my best to give you every single detail about this book and if by any chance i do not tackle one of the things you really wanted,you can as well ask in the comments area and i will be happy to help you out .

Lets then,get started on this book’s review:

Name : Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents)
Author: Eline Snel
Genre: Self-help book
Language: English
Publisher : Shambhala
Publication Date : December 3, 2013
Pages: 112

What It Is
This is a book that helps your child (ages 5-12) deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions.

This little book is a very appealing introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents.

In a simple and accessible way, it describes what mindfulness is and how mindfulness-based practices can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware.

Eline Snel is a therapist and certified MBSR trainer and runs the Academy for Mindful Teaching in the Netherlands.

She has established the International Academy for Mindful Teaching several years ago (2009), to train professionals from education and (mental) healthcare in the ‘Mindfulness Matters’ method, mindfulness for children and adolescents.

She developed this method from practice. As a mindfulness trainer, she also gives eight-week MBSR training courses to private individuals.

For children, adolescents and their parents she has written two books: ‘Sitting still like a Frog’ (2012) and ‘Breathe through this – Mindfulness for Parents and Teenagers’ (2014).

Currently, more than 450,000 copies of ‘Sitting still like a Frog’ have been sold in 27 countries.

Since 1980, Eline has been working as an independent therapist and trainer. From 1990, she has been developing meditation and awareness courses.

As a certified mindfulness trainer and compassion trainer, she has been training adults, children and adolescents for many years.

The training courses are given in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain and Hong Kong. She works with her daughter and an amazing team of professional and dedicated trainers. She is also guest teacher at the Radboud University Medical Centre for Mindfulness.

Eline Snel has developed four handbooks for different age categories, from 5 to 19 years of age. Because children aged between 4 and 7 proved to need different meditations and work formats to children aged between 8 and 12.

This is also true for the differences between 13-year-old adolescents and 19-year-old youths. These handbooks for trainers are now used in many schools. Both in primary and secondary education, and in mental health organisations, revalidation centres and private practices. Thousands of children have now followed the ‘Mindfulness Matters’ training.

Her book, Sitting still like a Frog , Mindfulness for children (5-12 years old) and their parents, has been published in 27 countries and internationally more than 450.000 copies have been sold. An international bestseller.

In 2014, Eline published the sequel to ‘the frog’, ‘Breathe through this – Mindfulness for Parents and Teenagers’.

What The Book Offers Kids.

This book begins with an overview of what it means to be mindful. The author states: “Mindfulness is nothing other than present-moment awareness, an open and friendly willingness to understand what is going on in and around you”

This is followed by a discussion on learning to observe thoughts, feelings and sensations without allowing them to define who we are, and a chapter on breath in which Ms. Snel shares techniques for observing the depth and rhythm of the breath in order to “bring friendly attention to how we are doing, right now.”

Interspersed within each of the ten chapters of this book are mindfulness exercises that adults and children can do together.

In the back of the book readers will find a CD with ten mindfulness exercises, narrated by Myla Kabat-Zinn. Children will love listening to these exercises which include “Sitting Still Like a Frog,” “The Spaghetti Test” and “The Secret of the Heart Chamber,” just to name a few.

Ms. Kabat-Zinn’s voice is calm and reassuring as she guides listeners to present moment awareness. In “First Aid for Worries,” children are taught to shift their attention out of their head and down into their belly.

The narrator explains that: “deep down in the abdomen all is calm. There are no worries. There are no fights. There is peace and intense quiet.”

In “The Pause Button” young listeners learn to take the time to note how they are doing, to “look at the inner self with curiosity and without judgment.”

Eline Snel’s work demonstrates a compassionate understanding of the effects of stress on the developing brain as well as a heartfelt commitment to combat this stress by teaching youngsters to “live in the present moment without judging or ignoring anything” ( Sitting Still Like a Frog , p.3).

She offers concrete examples of the types of stress that children are under and provides concise language to help individuals experience open-minded, nonjudgmental awareness.

Many adults have worked years to arrive at a place of friendly self- acceptance. I think its wonderful that Eline Snel offers tools to support children on this journey as well.

Benefits of Mindfulness:
Body and Emotion regulation : when our bodies and emotions are balanced and appropriate in our lives

Insight: “self-knowing awareness”…this is key to building positive social connections
Attunement with others, i.e.”resonance” . This leads to the other person’s experience of “feeling felt”, of being understood. When children become more “tuned in” to themselves, they are more “tuned in” to others around them

Empathy : allow us to see from the stance of another person’s experience, imagining others’ reality and perspective

Better Impulse Control/Response Flexibility : the capacity to pause before taking action ( this is key with children and teens!) ; being able to consider a variety of possible options and to choose among them.

Fear modulation : our ability to calm and soothe, and even unlearn, our own fears
Intuition: access to awareness of the wisdom of the body

Increased Attention Span : practice of paying attention can build our attention muscles in our brains

Morality: taking into consideration the larger picture, imagining and acting on what’s best for the larger group rather than just ourselves

Best Place to Buy The Book

The best place I recommend you get Sitting Still Like A Frog book is on Amazon. The price there is fair and according to my research, it is the most trusted online store at the moment. It will also be very convenient for you to buy there if you were planning to do more online shopping today.

Buy the book from amazon here

My Thoughts

This is a great book with so much to teach children on meditation.


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as your questions.

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