I am proud to have written and published my first children's picture book on Amazon Kindle this week. It was such a fantastic learning curve to finally publish my very first book on Amazon kindle. If you do decide to buy it, please do leave a review and share how this book has supported you to introduce early Mindfulness concepts to your young child.
I wrote The Wishing Game for mothers to have a loving book to read to their ‘little one’ in a snugly, connected way. It is a first introduction to Mindfulness concepts.
Written in poetic rhyme the story focuses on a young child lost
As the playful day comes to an end the little one seeks only to be snuggled up with mum. In this loving embrace a mother’s wisdom shines through as mother reminds her wee dreamer that she/he too is as magnificent as the animals. She begins to teach her child to notice what she/he does have, rather than wishing for things they don’t. The seed is planted that you create your own reality with your own intention. The Mindfulness concept of being present in this very moment and appreciating what you have and who you are shines through.
Through poetic rhyme and beautiful photography mothers and children from many different nations are shown connected to each other and nature living in and loving this moment.
Ways you can use this book to teach Mindfulness concepts and encourage early reading skills.
This simple poem, focuses on Mindfulness concepts you can introduce to your child to each time you read the story to them.
Early reading starts with rhyme as children learn to hear and play with different sounds. Pause before the rhyming word and invite your child to say the word before you read it.
In the beginning of the book a child is day dreaming, wishing, lost in thought, deep in play, pretending to be all the different animals in Africa they think of.
Focus on our connection to all living things.
Talk about our need to care for and look after animals.
Talk about how they move and eat and sleep and compare this to how we do.
Invite your child to have an appreciation for how wondrous nature is.
As you find your child wishing for or wanting things in their life, you could ask “are you playing the wishing game?”. You could respond the same way the mother does in this poem: Refocus them back to what they do have and draw attention this. Invite gratitude for what they have.
While you read this book with your child stop on each page and take in the details of each animal. Ask your child questions to help them with their observational skills and focus on what is right there in front of them.
How many teeth can you count on the crocodile?
Can you trace the zebra’s stripes with your finger?
Encourage your child to notice more and more details on every page with each read. Then turn from the book and choose something in the room they are in and ask them questions about something in the room. This helps them to stay present.
Notice the way the pictures in the book move from fantasy to reality, as the child starts off day dreaming and then gets fully immersed in their dream that it becomes so real and the animals come to life. Invite your child to playfully pretend to be the animals in the story as they try and run like a leopard and roll over like the baby cub. Join in too and be playful with your child.
Teach your child about how powerful we are, just like the African animals are powerful. Share ways you see them as strong and powerful.
Teach them that they can create their own reality by noticing what they have and seeing how blessed they are.
How to create your own family ‘Wishing Game’.
Many children have strong desires for things they want which can create emotions of frustration and anger, especially when we have to say NO!
Notice how often you wish for something that you want. It helps you to focus on what you haven’t got and creates a sense of lack.
When you hear your child wanting something gently bring their focus away from this lack of towards what they do have. Invite them to start again with I wish I had and replace their list of wants with things they do actually have.
Together you can flip the coin on the wish where they create a list of things they do have rather than a list of wants.
“I wish I had……a mummy who loves me!”
“You do have a mummy who loves you!”
I wish I had…..a dog, a lovely home, blue eyes.
Keep bringing your child's focus and attention back to what they do have in a gentle but loving way.
Learn more about the Author, Carmen Benton
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Carmen Benton is a teacher, counsellor and mother to Jamie. Founder of Mindful Ed, Carmen supports families to become more mindful in their lives and more connected to each other. Carmen is a New Zealand ex pat who lives in Dubai, UAE with her husband Graham, son Jamie and a house of loving pets.