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Resource List for Parents

Awaken your spirit: reconnecting to your source -- New York: iUniverse Inc., 2007.
This book describes a mother’s journey to find god after the death of her oldest child.
FAM BJ 1278 .S5 2007

The art of being: 101 ways to practice purpose in your life / Jones, Dennis Merritt. -- New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2008. 
The Art of Being is a user-friendly manual to help you become acutely aware of how to live more mindfully on a day-by-day, hour-by-hour, moment-by-moment basis and thus create more peace and happiness in your life and in the lives of those around you.
FAM BJ 1581 .J56 2008

Comfort prayers: prayers and poems to comfort, encourage, and inspire / Cotner, June. -- Kansas City, MO: Andrews McNeel Pub, 2004.
This collection of poems and prayers will bring hope, healing, and encouragement to its readers that will calm the soul and lead to a path of healing and recovery. 
FAM BJ 1651 .C68 2004

Everyday blessings: the inner work of mindful parenting / Kabat-Zinn, Myla; Kabat-Zinn, Jon. -- New York: Hachette Books, 2014.
Suggests how parents can enrich their own and their children's lives through intentional, mindful parenting.
FAM HQ 769 .K32 2014

A handbook of chakra healing: spiritual practice for health, harmony and inner peace / Govinda, Kalashatra. -- Old Saybrook, CT: Konecky & Konecky, 2002.
Chakra work benefits body, mind and spirit and leads to a greater sense of harmony and inner balance. This guide will help you apply this ancient wisdom to the problems and stresses of modern life.
FAM BJ 1651 .G59 2002

Heaven is for real: a little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back / Burpo, Todd; Vincent, Lynn. -- Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2010.
This is the story of the four-year old son of a Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. 
FAM BJ 1661 .B87 2010

Keep the siblings, lose the rivalry: 10 steps to turn your kids into teammates / Cartmell, Todd -- Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003.
This book uses role-plays, Scripture references, and interactive discussion questions to improve children's skills at handling sibling rivalry.
FAM BF 723 .S43 C37 2003

The little book of big promises / Rometo, Peggy. -- Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2010.
Using a three-step process including guided meditations, energy work, visualizations, and other practices that allow you to tap into your intuition, this book teaches you how to reconnect with the creative forces and intrinsic wisdom of the universe.
FAM BJ 1661 .R65 2010

Mindfulness starts here: an eight-week guide to skillful living / Monteiro, Lynette; Musten, Frank. -- Victoria, BC: Friesen Press, 2013.
This book offers you a way to ease stress with clear instructions on these points: How mindfulness works using Five Skillful Habits; How being mindful can help you deal better with sadness, pain, and anxiety; How mindfulness can make your life more manageable. You will learn how mindfulness works through simple, clear explanations. The instructions and practices show you how to pay attention to your life so you can make skillful decisions.
FAM RC 489 .M43 2013

A parent's toolbox for spiritual growth / Zwet, Johanna Van -- Virginia Beach, VA: A.R.E. Press, 2000.
Parents can learn from van Zwet's recognition of the potential that parenting carries for spiritual development and the difference it makes in a family's life when parenting is seen as an opportunity for personal spiritual growth.
FAM BJ 1278 .S5 Z88

Peaceful parent, happy kids: how to stop yelling and start connecting / Markham, Laura. -- New York: Perigee Book, 2012.
This book offers practical, easy-to-apply ideas to help parents regulate themselves and their own emotions in order to foster a better connection with their children to help them learn emotional intelligence, empathy, and responsibility.
FAM  HQ 769 .M37 2012

Spiritual partnership: the journey to authentic power / Zukav, Gary. -- New York: HarperOne, 2010. 
The purpose of this guide is to empower and enable us to explore our emotions, our intentions, our choices, and our intuition and to use them to create profound spiritual growth.
FAM BF 723 .I642 .Z85 2010

Spiritual survival guide: how to find God when you're sick / Shields, Charles -- New York, NY: Doubleday, 2001.
Filled with practical suggestions for taking advantage of community resources, creating a “healing place” in a home or hospital room, and preparing physically and emotionally for difficult or painful medical treatments, this guide will help you navigate the darkness surrounding illness and emerge with your faith forever strengthened.
FAM BJ 1278 .S5 S55

The wise child: a spiritual guide to nurturing your child's intuition / Choquette, Sonia -- New York: Three Rivers Press, 1999.
This book provides guidance to parents on how to foster their children's innate intuition and creativity using spiritual principles, modern-day parables and practical exercises.
FAM BJ 1278 .S5 C48

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Resource List for Teens and Kids

The complete idiot's guide to spirituality for teens / Grimbol, William R. -- Indianapolis, IN: Alpha Books, 2000.
Discusses spirituality and what it means to teens. Offers advice on getting in touch with the heart, mind, and spirit.
FAM BJ 1661 .G74

Conversations with God: for teens / Walsch, Neale Donald -- Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads, 2001.
A dialogue of the author asking god many common questions, intended to provoke thinking about god and religion.  Appropriate for Ages: 13-17 years
FAM BJ 1661 .W34

The lemonade hurricane: a story of mindfulness and meditation / Morelli, Licia; Morris, Jennifer E. -- Thomaston, MA: Tilbury House Publishers, 2015.
Emma's little brother Henry is a good kid--but when his day has been too busy and too full, Henry can become a hurricane!  Emma wishes that she could teach Henry to be still. One day, she shows Henry how meditation can make a big difference in both their lives.
FAM BJ 1651 .M67 2015

Meditation is an open sky: mindfulness for kids / Stewart, Whitney; Rippin, Sally (ill). -- Chicago, IL: Albert Whitman & Company, 2014.
In this daily companion, kids of any age will learn simple exercises to help manage stress and emotions, find focus, and face challenges. They'll discover how to feel safe when scared, relax when anxious, spread kindness, and calm.
FAM BJ 1651 .S84 2014

Mon petit livre pour rester zen: comprendre, exprimer et vaincre ses peurs / Anne Baudier; Loiselet, Camille. -- [s.l.]: rue des enfants, 2013.
Cet ouvrage original est une mine d'informations pour aider les enfants à comprendre les angoisses et les appréhensions qu'ils peuvent ressentir dans leur vie quotidienne et à les surmonter.  A travers des explications très simples illustrées avec humour, l'enfant décode ses peurs. Il apprend grâce aux exercices pratiques de respiration et de relaxation à se maîtriser et à se calmer.
FAM BJ 1651 .B29 2013

P.S. God, can you fly: heartfelt and hope-filled prayers of children / Willis, R. Wayne -- Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.
A book of children's prayers.
FAM BJ 1278 .S5 W47

A still quiet place for teens: a mindfulness workbook to ease stress and difficult emotions / Saltzman, Amy. -- Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 2016.
Being a teen in today's fast-paced, media-saturated world is difficult, and it's easy to get overwhelmed or stressed out. Using mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) techniques, teens will learn to balance emotions, stay focused, and experience the natural quietness that lives within.
FAM BF 723 .S3 S25 2016

Teen sunshine reflections: words for the heart and soul -- New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2002.
This book is filled with over 150 thoughts, poems, and prayers that will help you through the tough times, encourage you through challenges, and inspire you to achieve your goals.
FAM BJ 1661 .T44

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Web Sites

Meditation: An Introduction - National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Mind/Body Connection: How Your Emotions Affect Your Health –

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

Mindfulness 101: The Basics – CHEO / L'a b c de la pleine conscience - CHEO

Mindfulness for Teens

MindMasters2 – CHEO

Just Breathe: The Importance of Meditation Breaks for Kids – Healthy Children from the American Academy of Pediatrics

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MindMasters 2
● Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
● Free / gratuit
● English, French / anglais et français
● Last updated Feb 2016 / Mis-à-jour 2016 février
● The MindMasters 2 app helps to teach children about stress control, positive thinking and mindfulness through a series of fun and interactive activities.  This app is designed for parents, educators and other to use with children ages 4-9 years.  A guidebook detailing instructions, discussion questions and more can be found online at / Le MindMasters 2 app aide à enseigner aux enfants sur le contrôle du stress, la pensée positive et la pleine conscience à travers une série d'activités amusantes et interactives. Cette application est conçue pour les parents, les éducateurs et les autres à utiliser avec les enfants âgés de 4-9 ans. Un guide détaillant les instructions, les questions de discussion et plus peuvent être consultés en ligne à
● Available from / Disponible depuis iTunes

Smiling Minds
● From Smiling Minds
● Free
● English
● Last updated October 2017
● From Google Play: Smiling Mind is modern meditation, a unique web and app-based program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives.  Just as we eat well and stay fit to keep our body healthy, meditation is about mental health and looking after the mind.  Our programs are designed to assist people in dealing with the pressure, stress and challenges of daily life.  We offer programs for ages ranging from 7 year olds to adults.
● Available from Google Play & iTunes

Breathr: Mindful Moments
● From BC Children’s Hospital
● Free
● English
● Last updated March 2017
● From Google Play: Developed at BC Children’s Hospital with the help of youth and experts, Breathr teaches you easy and fun ways to practice mindfulness. Through a series of exercises, Breathr can help you to live in the present moment, while providing interesting facts about the benefits of mindfulness. Whether you have a minute a day or 20, Breathr can help you build a healthy and mindful routine.
● Available from Google Play & iTunes

Simply Yoga Free
● Daily Workout Apps, LLC.
●Free but offers in-app purchases / gratuit mais offre achats
● Last updated July 2018 / Dernière mise-à-jour 2018 juillet
● Available in multiple languages / Disponible en plusieurs langues
● Google Play: Simply Yoga is your own personal yoga instructor. / Simply Yoga est votre propre instructeur de yoga personnelle
● Available through / Disponible depuis iTunes & Google Play

This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation.

The guide represents material available in the Family Resource Library collection at CHEO. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Your local public library may also be able to provide valuable information.

If you require materials in alternative formats, please contact the library at 613-737-7600 ext. 2157 or at

Last Updated: September 2018
Links Tested: September 2018

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