Teaching Mindfulness to Children: It’s Easier Than You Think!

The following interview is part of a cutting-edge series of video interviews called Parenting Today: Raising Strong, Resilient Kids being aired exclusively on Mad in America.

This series has as its aim educating parents about the current mental disorder paradigm as it relates to children. It also offers many useful tips about how to raise more resilient children and how to become a more skillful parent. In this series of more than thirty interviews, we share information about the diverse resources available to parents, including alternative ones.

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Today’s guest is Laurie Cousins. Laurie is a certified mindfulness facilitator through the UCLA Mindful Research Center. She is a Research Associate at UCLA Child & Adolescent Mood Disorders Program, facilitating mindfulness-based cognitive therapy groups for research studies with teens and college students. Laurie was trained by Susan Keiser Greenland, founder of the Inner Kids program, and is one of her lead teachers bringing mindful awareness and compassion into education.

She’s honored to be the Mindful Parenting Facilitator for schools like Campbell Hall and Carpenter Community Charter in Los Angeles.  She has recently become a teacher with EvenFlow, a next-generation mindfulness and meditation app. She works privately with families who need effective strategies and support for dealing with attentional, behavioral and emotional challenges.

Links of Interest:

Laurie Cousins’ website

Evenflow app

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