A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
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What's it about?
STOP, BREATHE & THINK KIDS: FOCUS, CALM & SLEEP is an app that features 15 guided meditation videos called "missions" for kids age 5 to 10. You can access the missions in two ways: Either reflect and report your feelings by selecting emojis, or browse the full list of missions and pick one that feels like the best fit. The missions are grouped into seven categories (Quiet, Focus, Caring & Connecting, Energizing, Meltdown, Open Mind, and Sleep), and some missions appear in more than one category. Kids can earn stickers for the missions they complete, and the app tracks your progress, including which missions you've completed and how often you use the app.
Is it any good?
This is a fabulous tool to help kids learn to identify and manage their emotions. Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids: Focus, Calm & Sleep has kid-friendly animations, and a sticker reward system will keep kids coming back for the missions. And they'll learn good habits for taking stock of how they feel and taking action to help them feel more calm, focused, or ready to go to bed. It's also great that the app features an intro video that features tips for parents about how to use the app. While kids can certainly use the app on their own, there's even greater potential for using the app to help parents and kids structure conversations about feelings and how to cope with them.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes kids mad, sad, silly, or worried. Parents might give kids examples of what makes them upset and talk about the difference between feeling a little bit mad and extremely mad. Talk to kids about how high emotions make it difficult to solve problems or communicate well. How can an app like Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids: Focus, Calm & Sleep help?
Talk about how it feels to meditate. Was it difficult to follow the instructions? Why, or why not? How did it make you feel? Why? When might it be a good time to practice meditation?
As kids begin to name and label their emotions independently, challenge them to take on others' perspectives in the same situation. For example, if a friend falls down on the playground, how do you react? How might the friend react? Are the reactions the same or different?
Work with your kids to transfer the deep-breathing skills outside the app so kids can use them even when they don't have a device handy.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Self-Direction: personal growth, self-assessment, self-reflection
Emotional Development: developing resilience, handling stress, identifying emotions, self-awareness
Health & Fitness: meditation
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: May 4, 2017
- Category: Education
- Size: 46.30 MB
- Publisher: Stop Breathe & Think PBC
- Version: 0.6
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.1 or later
- Last updated: February 18, 2020
For kids who love meditation and feelings
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