Being With Our Feelings: A Mindful Approach to Wellbeing for Children, by Anita Kate Garai

Four storybooks set + teaching toolkit.

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      MEET THE AUTHOR &         FEELINGS WORKSHOPS

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‘A magnificent resource!’ 

Lorna Walker, wellbeing writer for BBC, senior teacher at Youth Mindfulness.

‘It’s brilliant. Being With Our Feelings must find a place in every school.’

Andrew Cowley, wellbeing speaker and writer, author of ‘The Wellbeing Toolkit’ and ‘The Wellbeing Curriculum’.

‘A wise and important book.’

Adrian Bethune, Author of Wellbeing In The Primary Classroom, Education Policy Co-Lead at The Mindfulness Initiative, Teacher and founder of Teachappy.

The Red String

Exploring anger and other strong emotions as they move through the body.

What If All The Trees Blow Away?

Exploring fear, anxiety and uncertainty

THE BOOKS

The Toolkit

A host of activities in a simple, easy to use framework centred around seven key principles. Written with schools in mind, but adaptable for anyone living or working with children.

‘This resource gives me hope.’

Emma Whewell

Foundation Stage lead, Shepherds Down Special School. Special & Teen Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher.

I Just Can't Decide!

Exploring the challenge of making choices

I Don't Want To Be Me

Exploring self worth and self acceptance.

 Being With Our Feelings: A Mindful Approach to Wellbeing for Children, by Anita Kate Garai  provides the tools for children to mindfully embody and be with all their feelings. This unique set, consisting of a comprehensive, practical toolkit, accompanied by four beautifully illustrated rhyming storybooks, is designed to develop children’s mental, physical and emotional wellbeing, in a way that it can grow strong, flourish and endure for a lifetime.

Full of practical ideas, the toolkit provides a supportive and uncomplicated framework centred around seven key principles to develop learning and understanding (with suggestions for use across Years 3-6) as well as the flexibility to suit the needs of any school, group or individual. 

Each of the seven keys is unpacked through a main teaching activity with clear teaching points, followed by options for mindful reflections, creative explorations and activities linked to one of the storybooks. Providing opportunities for assessing and reviewing understanding and progression throughout, this toolkit follows a TEARS structure – teaching and exploring, applying, reviewing and self-evaluating.

Sensitively written, with a refreshing burst of honesty, humour and a strong youth voice, and beautifully illustrated by New Zealand artist Pip Williams, the four storybooks: I Don’t Want To Be Me – Amelie’s Walk, I Just Can’t Decide!, The Red String and What If All The Trees Blow Away? are uniquely designed to support the Being With Our Feelings approach by simultaneously focussing on the felt sense of feelings in the body. Each book explores a key theme: accepting yourself, making independent choices, being with strong feelings such as anger and feeling anxiety and fear.

With no need for prior training and suitable for primary teachers, educational therapists, social workers and all caring adults, Being With Our Feelings: A Mindful Approach to Wellbeing for Children, is a vital resource for adults and children to read, talk, listen, reflect, and create together to make a positive impact on their entire wellbeing. Appropriate for groups, whole classes, one-to-one settings, assemblies, staff training and interactions with parents and the wider community, the Being With Our Feelings toolkit is a must-have resource for ensuring a mindful, embodied approach to wellbeing.

THE APPROACH

Being With Our Feelings teaches children how to be with their feelings, and consequently how to be with themselves and each other, with acceptance, kindness and compassion. 

The Being With Our Feelings approach works by transforming the core, conditioned beliefs that govern the way we behave towards our feelings. By doing this, we are changing the relationships we have with our feelings into ones which are healthier and more functional. Healthy relationships with our feelings are the scaffolding that holds the structure of our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing in place.  If we want real, enduring transformation, this work needs to be a core underpinning to any wellbeing development in schools. 

‘We know learning about feelings is an essential part of wellbeing. We learn to name our feelings and we learn strategies to manage our feelings, whether this is how to calm down our anger or cheer up our sadness. But I believe we are missing a fundamental and critical part of the wellbeing equation, which is to learn how to fully be with our feelings – allowing them to be here, just as they are.’ (Anita Kate Garai, Being With Our Feelings: A Mindful Approach to Wellbeing, Routledge 2022.)

‘A rich and valuable resource for teachers, therapists and parents. Being With Our Feelings empowers children to know how to look after themselves, other people and the world around them. I cannot think of a more important lesson than that.

Adrian Bethune

Author of Wellbeing In The Primary Classroom, Education Policy Co-Lead at The Mindfulness Initiative, Teacher and founder of Teachappy.

There is a great need for this resource.’

Sharon Mee

CEO and Founder of Artpod and Melting Pot - Arts and Wellbeing in Education, Sussex and South East.

Watch my presentation on Being With Our Feelings, at the World Education Summit 2022.

’An astounding empathetic guide to children’s emotional health and wellbeing. Being With Our Feelings will make a huge difference in supporting the emotional health of our children.’

Andrew Cowley

Wellbeing speaker and author of The Wellbeing Toolkit and The Wellbeing Curriculum.

‘An essential tool in any teacher’s tool box. This book has the potential to make an enormous difference to the future of our education, our teachers and our children.’

Diane McHarg

Former Headteacher, Senior Advisor to Brent Education Authority (London) and Educational Consultant to headteachers.

The Red String

Exploring anger and other strong emotions as they move through the body.

I Just Can't Decide!

Exploring the challenge of making choices

The Toolkit

A host of activities in a simple, easy to use framework centred around seven key principles. Written with schools in mind, and easily adaptable for anyone living or working with children.

‘An extremely comprehensive resource. Fabulous for any school. Never more needed than now!

Gaynor Price

Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Advisory Teacher, City of Birmingham School.