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The Family Mindfulness Series

A series of children's books, introducing mindfulness and meditation.

The Family Mindfulness Series

A series of children's books, introducing mindfulness and meditation.

$1,207
pledged of $3,600pledged of $3,600 goal
19
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, June 5 2018 2:35 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 5, 2018

About

Children are wonderful. And messy. And demanding. And sweet. And infuriating. And filled with lots of BIG FEELINGS inside of those little bodies. 

So what's a parent to do? Mindfulness is a wonderful tool, not just for parents and not just for kids--but for the whole family! Each book in this series introduces a simple, fun mindful activity that families can do together.

My mission is to have the next generation be more compassionate and connected than the last, and this is one of many steps on that journey. My goal is to create a 12-book series on what I call "Family Mindfulness." Each book introduces a new activity that teaches kids (and their parents!) mindful tools such as listening, taking a deep breath, and paying attention to their feelings. This Kickstarter campaign is to fund the first 3 books of the series:

The Bell Bowl Introduces our cast of characters as Mommy teaches Kyla and Corbin how to listen in a particular way.

Rainbow Bubble Breathing It's spring break, it's raining, and the kids are going stir crazy! What's a mom to do but teach her kids how blowing bubbles can be a fun and calming activity for the whole family.

Giggles for Dinner Sometimes Corbin and Kyla get a little "hangry" when they go out for dinner. Mommy teaches them some games that help them take deep breaths and have fun while they wait for their food.

Ryan Ames has illustrated the books and brought life to this little family of three as they tackle the messy moments of life with love and laughter. With your help, we can bring all three of these books to life...and hopefully start on the next three!

Risks and challenges

With great patience comes great rewards, and I have been quite lucky in finding people to help me bring this project to life. The Bell Bowl is currently in the production process, with all illustrations completed. Ryan is working on illustrations now for Rainbow Bubble Breathing, with plans to start on Giggles for Dinner immediately afterward.

I'm new to self-publishing and learning as I go! I've chosen CreateSpace as my platform, and will have all the books available on Amazon. The first three books are written, and outlines of the remaining nine are finished...waiting to see if the world would like them to come to life!

Budget (what the money is going to):

ISBNs for all 12 books-- $550 (if I get a bulk set of 10 ISBNs I save $$--they're $125 per book usually)

Illustrations for 1st 3 books $1,800-2,400 ($600-800 per book; this price varies depending on the number of illustrations)

$180 Kickstarter fees

There will be a small remainder (the amount will vary depending on illustrator costs), which will be put toward printing and mailing costs for those who are ordering ahead of time (I'll order them directly, and then mail them to you after signing), as well as materials and mailing for "magic wands" and "mind jars".

Any leftover funding will roll immediately into production of the next three books (which would reduce the amount needed to be raised for them). This is an investment into a full series of books, not just these three!

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    A smile and some tips!

    Help support the project, and introduce some mindful tips to your own family! Along with an email thanking you for your support, I'll include a download with 5 ideas on how to help your family start breathing together today.

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    More Deep Breaths!

    The smile, the updates, and ALL THREE of the books! With three of the twelve techniques on your shelf, you'll be well on your way to finding opportunities each day to snuggle with your little one(s)...plus you'll be supporting the series development!

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    Deep Breaths for Everyone!

    Signed copies of all three books, plus personalized "Magic Wands" (to be introduced in the next group of three) for the whole family! Add in smiles, updates, and the sense that you're helping to give families the tools they need to connect more deeply.

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    Magical, Mindful Breaths

    Signed copies of all three books, personalized "magic wands," a "mind jar" for your family, smiles, and of course the feeling of giving other families tools they need to connect more deeply.

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    A Compassionate, Connected World

    All three books, signed, "magic wands" for all, and a one hour online consultation for your family. Plus the knowledge that you have contributed to making the next generation more connected and compassionate than the last.

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