Mindful Children and Families Workshops

Mindful Children and Families

Supporting children encompasses an endless list of skills including learning how to deal with your own reactions in challenging situations and helping a child to learn to regulate their own emotions.  Learning mindfulness can help you to be aware of both your own and your child’s needs and confidently make choices about how to best respond.  Studies have shown that parents and teachers who practice mindfulness have greater satisfaction with their skills in supporting children and a greater sense of wellbeing.  A study where the parents learned mindfulness found their children displayed better social skills and better relationships with their siblings as their parents’ wellbeing improved.  This is why the first step to helping a child learn to regulate challenging emotions is to learn mindfulness for yourself.

Learning mindfulness through the 8 week Mindfulness Course will help you to become more skillful and confident in dealing with difficulty and will improve your own wellbeing.   Adults who complete the 8 week course then have the opportunity to attend a Mindful Children and Families Workshop to learn how to bring mindfulness to the children in their lives.

The Mindful Children and Families workshop is suited to parents, grandparents, teachers and health professionals involved with children under the age of 12.  It includes a formal practice and interactive activities to explore how mindfulness can be integrated into everyday life to support children’s emotional development.

Next Mindful Children and Families Workshop:

Date:  March 25th, 2019
Time:  7:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue:  Simply Mindfulness Studio, Postwick Hall Farm, Hall Lane, Postwick, Norwich, NR13 5HQ
Cost: £15
Booking:   Please contact us to book

What parents say:

“I was, and sometimes still do, struggle with my son.  This course has opened my mind from trying to change our relationship to changing the way I manage myself, from depletion to nourishment, to ‘being’ instead of ‘striving’  Being kind to myself when I do not manage the situation. Practise is crucial as I can reflect on good weeks and bad weeks and the amount of mindful work I have put in.  I need to improve my routines but I have the tools to manage this.” December 2018

“It has assisted greatly in impacting changes within my family.  I no longer expect my children to comply with what I want them to do.  Instead I am accepting of their views and opinions and look to understand them.  The calmness of this approach has led to making for a much nicer home.  The whole family engages with some of the meditation.”  December 2017


Mindfulness in Schools

The Mindfulness in Schools Programme (MiSP) was started by two school teachers and mindfulness practitioners in 2009 to deliver the benefits of mindfulness to children aged 7-18 year old in the classroom. MiSP now has charity status and works very closely with Oxford University to research the effects of mindfulness on student and teacher wellbeing. .b is the original curriculum taught to students age 11 to 18 years old. Paws b is a similar programme but adapted to be suitable for students 7-11 years old. Studies have shown lower stress, greater wellbeing and fewer depressive symptoms in students who have been through the MiSP programme. A larger study through Oxford University is currently underway to study the long term impact of mindfulness teaching in childhood called the MYRIAD study.

Our mission at Simply Mindfulness is to help create Mindful schools in Norfolk. To be successful the first step is to train teachers in the 8 week Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing course. This can be delivered in the school at a time that is convenient. Completion of the 8 Week Mindfulness course is a pre-requisite for teachers to go on to become Paws b or .b teachers themselves. In addition, studies have shown teachers who learn mindfulness have a reduction in stress, better mental health and well-being, better physical health, increased cognitive performance and enhanced job performance.

Simply Mindfulness is trained to teach the Paws b programme to students age 7-11 years old, however our aim is to support schools to help teachers become Paws b and .b trained so the school will become mindfully self-sufficient.

Please contact us if you would like more information about how to bring mindfulness into your school.

What teachers say:

“I can predict that in a busy school and with the fast-paced life I lead that I will need to use a mindfulness practice either in the future or regularly.  Debbie has been informative, knowledgeable, positive and approachable throughout and I will miss not having our weekly sessions!  Thank you!”  December 2017

“It’s made me take a good look at the way I live and act.  Through this I plan on continuing with guided mindfulness and to roll this out to my pupils in form period.”  December 2017

What teenagers say:

“I was unsure about this when mum first mentioned it to me.  But I have found that I have improved massively since I first started.  For a person who gets stressed and anxious easily, which leads me to go down the Exhaustion Funnel, I can now see a way out.  This has been so useful, especially for later life.  Thank you.”

“It has been really helpful in making me be able to see when I am stressed; being easily angered; or am being annoying to other people.  This means I can stop this and it has improved relationships with people.” 

Private Courses

Some families have opted to learn mindfulness together which has been a very rewarding experience for all.  If you wish to learn mindfulness as a family, you may wish to consider arranging a private course.  Older teenagers and adults can be taught with the traditional 8 week Mindfulness Course format.  Creative alternatives are needed with teens and children under 14!

What parents say:

“It has helped me cope with life with teenagers.  It has helped my family to have conversations with some terminology.  We have all taken different things away, but all benefitted.  If has given the flesh behind the app and as a consequence I am much more likely to continue with it and return to it.”   September 2017.

If you are interested in joining a group family class or you are a new parent of an infant and would like a class that you can bring your baby to, please sign up for the newsletter.  New classes for parents and infants and parents and young children are coming in the New Year!


Please read these testimonials from people who have attended a Simply Mindfulness course