A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Teaches mindfulness strategies through modeling of short, guided meditation practices, grounding methods and breathing exercises. There's also a component where teens and tweens are taught about the connection between what they think and how they feel. Listeners are challenged to think critically about topics such as judgment and stress through the lens of compassion.
Compassion and kindness are major themes throughout the mindfulness practices. Teens are encouraged to show compassion for themselves and others when challenges arise. Episodes explore topics such as friendship, stress, and judgement through the lens of compassion and loving kindness. Listeners are provided with mindfulness as a concrete tool that can be used to combat difficult feelings that may come up in everyday situations.
Positive Role Models
Host, Dominique Sullivan models mindfulness through her calm demeanor and non-judgmental tone.
Throughout the episodes Buddhist practices such as Metta and Tonglen are briefly mentioned. However, there is not further explanation or representation of the Buddhist religion and its contributions to mindfulness culture.
There's little to none in terms of diverse voices or subject matter related to race and ethnicity, gender identity or sexual identity which are major stressors that many teens and tweens face in society today.
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Violence & Scariness
There's mention of "leaning into" tough experiences (ie. Covid-19) and emotions (ie. "Anxiety & Depression") that may be uncomfortable or overwhelming for some listeners.
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Uses the words "crap" and "sucks" during the meditations in some episodes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mostly Mindful for Teens and Tweens is a podcast that teaches mindfulness strategies such as meditation, breath work and grounding exercises. The purpose of this podcast is to build resiliency and compassion in teens and tweens. Themes of compassion and kindness are weaved throughout the episodes that explore topics like friendship, feelings of anxiety and difficulties with focus and attention. Parents should be aware that psychological disorders such as anxiety and ADHD are mentioned in several episodes. When introducing this podcast to your child, it may be important to discuss using mindfulness as a tool to ease uncomfortable feelings typically associated with these disorders (ie. stress, sadness, nervousness etc.) but that this podcast is not a method to self-diagnose or a replacement for therapy. Mindful practices are presented in a way that could be enjoyable and thought provoking for both children and adults.
Is It Any Good?
This podcast is a wonderful introduction to mindfulness practice. Mostly Mindful for Teens and Tweens provides listeners with tangible skills and lessons that can be used during times of stress. Due to the short length of episodes, this podcast would be great for quick mindfulness breaks in the classroom and at home.
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