We know how precious and rewarding it is to care for a young child. We also know how vulnerable, challenging and stressful caring for a young child can sometimes be. Life is busy. With its many competing demands, we understand that it can be difficult to really connect with those we hold dear and who need us the most.
If you want to enhance and grow your relationship with a young child and you are curious about how practicing mindfulness can benefit your family, you’re in the right place!
We created Mindful Monkey Magazine to provide a foundation for bringing presence, mindfulness practice, and connection into your busy lives in a fun and simple way. Inside you will find some pages for parents, some pages for children and some pages for parents and children to explore together.
In this inaugural issue, we explore Presence. You and your child will learn how Presence relates to mindfulness, as well as how it helps us connect to ourselves and to others. We share a children’s story called 'Moxie’s Monkey Mind' where Pobs teaches Moxie a simple mindfulness practice for you and your child to try.
It's as simple and as fun as swinging up and down on a see saw! :)
With colouring pages, mindfulness activities, and spaces for reflection, Mindful Monkey Magazine will be a treasured keepsake for your family to look back on when your little monkey is not so little anymore.
All funds raised will go towards the costs needed to make Mindful Monkey Magazine a bi-annual publication. Future themes include attention, gratitude, acceptance, joy, compassion and more.
Introducing the main characters
Naturally curious, children love to connect with and learn from animal characters. To help us on our journey, we are delighted to introduce our monkey friends, Pobs and Moxie. We chose monkeys as we felt that these animals connect naturally to the playfulness of childhood and to the endearing names we sometimes call young children.
Each issue will feature a children's story where Pobs connects with Moxie and teaches a mindfulness practice to respond to an issue that arises. In the first issue, Pobs teaches Moxie to Pause, Observe, Breathe & Smile as a way to respond to the experience of a busy 'monkey mind'. Moxie and Pobs are featured throughout the magazine and introduce mindfulness practices, reflections and activities in a fun and engaging way. Pobs offers helpful tips for parents on ways of approaching the activities that encourage and support connection with their children.
Pobs and Moxie are represented as gender-neutral to ensure that our content always remains inclusive.
Melanie and Sara met many years ago and were fellow travelers in the emerging field of sharing mindfulness with children.
Melanie had been a kindergarten teacher who then completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Education, researching age-appropriate, mindfulness-based programs in kindergarten classrooms. She then became a professor teaching in various post-secondary institutions in programs related to early childhood and teacher education.
Sara was a therapist, sharing mindfulness with children and parents, as well as training educators and clinicians in bringing mindfulness into their work with children. She taught pre-service teachers for many years in a post-secondary institution's School of Early Childhood Studies, and also authored 3 children’s books, teaching mindfulness, self-compassion and emotion regulation to children.
It all changed when they met again unexpectedly at a mindful self-compassion teacher-training course in New York. During their breaks, they took long walks in the woods and talked about their work with children and families. Over the course of the week, as they shared their stories, a common theme became apparent- like them, many parents they knew were feeling overwhelmed with the busyness of life and longed for a simpler, slower way of living. Parents spoke about how this busyness was pulling them away from connecting with those most precious to them, specifically their children.
Based on their many years of experience, they knew that mindfulness was a promising way to respond to this longing. They talked about how the growing interest in mindfulness across all social realms had made parents curious about how it might benefit them. Parents said that they were overwhelmed with the amount of information on the internet. They didn’t know how or where to start.
Melanie and Sara had an idea!
They wanted to create something special where parents could learn about mindfulness for themselves and share it with their children all the while connecting throughout the process. They had seen some beautiful art magazines for adults and some for children, which inspired them to create a magazine for both parents and children to share.
And then they found Martyna Czub, a freelance illustrator who creates beautiful art and illustrations with individual writers and publishing houses. She also graduated with a degree in Art Education and Art Therapy. She has a fluffy cat named Pantoufle, who loves to 'assist' her with her drawings. Visit our Facebook page to see Martyna and her cat in action.
Risks and challenges
It is so important for us to do everything we can to provide what you are expecting. As such, we have planned and organized everything to ensure that risks and challenges are minimal.
If any issues arise we will be transparent and keep you updated about how this might impact you.
Feel free to ask us any questions at any time and we will be happy to respond as best we can.
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