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Book: Sitting Still Like a Frog

Vikrant Duggal
Vikrant Duggal
• 1 min read

Yesterday I shared this book with an entrepreneur who happens to be a dad to two young children. Given the interest I thought I'd create some space for it on my blog.

After our son turned eight we decided to step up our mindfulness support for him. He's watched us both keep a meditation practice and while we were never intentional with him about it, we also never discouraged him from sitting with us. While I'm a Vipassana meditator, the Anapana practice (for kids) that we kicked things off with hasn't resonated, yet. (These introductions are typically done with groups of others kids so I imagine pandemic had something to do with it.)

My wife shared Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) with me. I picked it up on Kindle along with a workbook and the audio exercises on Soundcloud.

I've spent 30 minutes read and am already half-way through the book. We've started to discuss the method and also started doing the audio exercises as a family in the evenings.

It's clear that what works for adults won't always work for kids (likely won't work for all adults either), but what works for kids very much works for adults. The book really helped us align our approach to where our son is at this moment.

I've found it to be a worthwhile investment as an introduction to mindfulness. If you're looking to kick off a mindfulness practice for yourself, your kids, or your family and want a lightweight approach I'd give this a go.