Sitting With Auntie
by Michele Welch, Illustrated by Jazmin Welch
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“Sitting with Auntie is a great little story which teaches kids about meditation and mindfulness strategies that can help them cope with stress and anxiety. Sitting with Auntie will give child a few valuable tools to put in their “toolboxes” that will help them fend off those pesky negative thoughts. This book is a long term investment, a gift that a will keep giving for the rest of a little person’s life.”
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"This wise little book is life-changing -- so simple, sweet, entertaining and age appropriate, and yet so powerful."
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"Every mom & dad should read this with their kids! "
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"This is a beautifully illustrated book with a great message for kids in this high stress world we seem to live in."
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About the Book
Sitting with Auntie helps kids to:
connect with their emotions
make choices on how to react
learn the concept that thoughts are separate from us
use their breath to calm down
The story follows an inquisitive young boy who learns how to calm himself down with a breathing technique from his auntie. The character design was inspired by rose quartz and yellow calcite crystal stones from the author’s collection.
Angry thoughts are alive in Adam's mind as he kicks and breaks his toys. Will he choose to stay with those thoughts or can he find a better feeling?
"I'm really mad," thought Adam.
His mad face was squished up tight.
He felt MAD,MAD,MAD!
The underlying themes of the story are ones that I teach and practise in my own life:
watching and choosing my thoughts (releasing the negative ones),
recognizing my emotions (using them for guidance and not to get stuck) and
calming my nervous system down with my breath (so I can think and make choices rather than react).
Teachers, parents and grandparents will recognize that in this fast paced, connected world, children need to learn calm down techniques early. They can use them throughout their childhood, and take them into adolescence and adulthood.