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Teach Mindfulness to Children: Lemonade Hurricane Giveaway

The Lemonade Hurricane

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Between the ages of twelve and twenty-two I worked at an afterschool program for children, where I read my fair share of picture books.

I always enjoyed that I could really get into it, doing silly or dramatic voices, and the kids seemed to appreciate this too. At least, I assume that’s why they sat so still, seemingly captivated, because stillness was not their norm.

They were active, lively, and sometimes over-stimulated, as children often are. They led busy lives, even though they were all under ten, going from school, to our program, and often to nighttime activities after that.

Back then, I didn’t know about mindfulness. When I eventually discovered this practice in my mid-twenties, it didn’t occur to me children could benefit from stillness and silence in the same way—or that they’d be capable of either.

But they are, in fact, capable, and they can benefit tremendously.

While I don’t yet have children of my own, I hope to have them someday—and I also hope to write picture books. For these reasons, I was thrilled to read Tiny Buddha contributor Licia Morelli’s new picture book The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation. 

It’s a charming book, in eighteen pages, that introduces children to mindfulness in a fun, easily digestible way. And it includes a back-of-book presentation of simple mindfulness techniques that can be used at home or in the classroom.

From the Amazon page:

In The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation, Emma admits that she doesn’t really like hurricanes. After a busy day of school and activities, Emma likes to sit still and rest.

Her little brother, Henry, does everything but. She calls him “The Lemonade Hurricane.” Henry is a lot of fun when he’s not storming through the house, so Emma decides to teach him how to be still. By showing him how to sit, bow, and breathe, Emma is able to calm the hurricane within Henry.

I’m grateful that Licia took the time to answer to my questions about her book and teaching mindfulness to children, and that she’s provided five free copies of The Lemonade Hurricane for Tiny Buddha readers.

The Lemonade Hurricane CoverThe Giveaway

To enter to win one of five free copies of The Lemonade Hurricane:

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You can enter until midnight PST on Friday, January 29th.

The Interview

1. What inspired you to write The Lemonade Hurricane?

I was inspired to write Lemonade Hurricane because, having two children of my own, I wanted to introduce them to mindfulness and meditation in a non-didactic way. It was my hope to teach through story and have them absorb instruction that way.

I was finding that teaching children meditation wasn’t the same as teaching myself—it had to happen organically and pique their interest. The notion of getting them to sit and breathe for thirty minutes flew right out the window!

Lemonade Hurricane is my answer to teaching the “how tos” in a way that gets them trying it out and interested in it without feeling like it’s a “have to.”

2. From the reviews I’ve read, it’s clear that children, parents, and teachers love this book. Why do you think it’s been so successful?

I think the success comes from the fact that it’s an easy read and the Emma and Henry characters are relatable. We all know at least one “Emma” and at least one “Henry” and in that way it starts conversations with our kids about these types of personalities.

Also, Jennifer E. Morris did incredible work with the illustrations—she manages to pull the reader right in with the pictures and I think parents and kids are really drawn to that also.

3. How can mindfulness benefit children, and what age is good to start teaching them?

Mindfulness can benefit children many different ways—most importantly, it teaches them to take time and pay attention. Pay attention to their feelings, to others, to how they are in the world, and even though it starts at a most basic level it’s something that builds a foundation for their whole lives.

I know if I’d learned mindfulness at a young age I would have been able to apply it to school, work, friends, and myself so much growing up. It would have made navigating the world a lot less stressful sometimes!

I think starting as early as three is great—get them going with basic breathing (taking deep breaths before bed) or asking them to talk about what they liked and were thankful for during their day. Basics of paying attention can start at any age and then let it evolve as they grow.

4. The story about Emma and Henry illustrates just how busy children are these days, with numerous different hobbies on top of school. Do you think that’s part of the problem—crammed schedules with very little time to simply be? Would doing less be a valuable goal, in addition to being more?

Our kids definitely have more going on than when we were little, and there’s a lot more pressure to “perform” for sure.

I think as we move into a new way of being in society, introducing concepts of mindfulness and meditation will add in the aspect of “being” as they shuffle through the motions of their daily lives. It seems this “busy” is the new normal, so I think we have to embrace that and also add in the stillness and mindfulness to balance it out.

5. Aside from sitting in stillness, have you identified any other practices that help children learn and practice mindfulness?

I highly recommend making mindfulness practice into a game and making it fun for the kids as they try it out. In classes I use a bell that I ring and we all sit and listen to it ring, and when we can’t hear it anymore we raise our hands. The kids really respond well to this. They think it’s lots of fun and for a few moments they are sitting in stillness without knowing it!

There are also some great resources to practice at the back of Lemonade Hurricane that make it easy to “practice” while making it fun too!

6. What are some of the challenges you’ve faced when teaching your own children mindfulness, and what’s helped you overcome them?

I think the “buy in” to practicing mindfulness has been my biggest challenge. Getting my kids to find interest in the process. Lemonade Hurricane is my answer to that because they buy in without knowing that’s what they’re doing.

My eight-year-old son loves reading the story because it’s at his perfect reading level and my five-year-old daughter likes to imitate the pictures so from there we can keep the conversation going whereas before it was harder.

7. Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you so much for having me here at Tiny Buddha! I’m so glad to have the opportunity to be interviewed! If people want to see more they can head to www.lemonadehurricane.com or but Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation on amazon. Thank you!

FTC Disclosure: I receive complimentary books for reviews and interviews on tinybuddha.com, but I am not compensated for writing or obligated to write anything specific. I am an Amazon affiliate, meaning I earn a percentage of all books purchased through the links I provide on this site. 

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About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. To strengthen your relationships, get her new book, Tiny Buddha's 365 Tiny Love Challenges. For inspiring posts and wisdom quotes, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter & Facebook.

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  • Richard Millroy

    Superb and will keep a look out for this, I often read books out loud and do also add all the voices in (possibly for my own enjoyment). If I relay some of this to the children then it’s like gold-dust in my opinion

  • Pradeep Melam

    Nice Intro for book and Interview with Autonr

  • brenda

    Would love to read this book! Like the idea of the bell mentioned in this article also. Reading books with children has always been one of my favorite things to do! Thank you for this article and the opportunity to win the book!

  • Stacy Lewis

    One of my boys has anxiety and I think this book is something that could help! Can’t wait to read it!
    PS. Shared on my FB, but it won’t let me get a link to post here.

  • Katrina Carr Krych

    I’d love a copy of this book… Not only for my own kids, but for all the kids I work with in my elementary school. Love this!

  • Kaye

    Love this! Praying I win. My 4 year old son will love this. He has a hard time staying still and he will get it through this book. I’m also a counselor who does retreats with kids so this is good.

  • Doug Metz

    I would love to share this with my daughter.

  • Ausra

    This is brilliant!! Exactly what I need to help not just our son, but myself as well. Thank you for this opportunity and good luck everyone!!!
    https://www.facebook.com/ausra.rowell/posts/10208095539766701

  • Cheryl Sarafin

    I would love to share this book with my three children. I have a 15, 12 and 10 year old and I’m certain they would all benefit from the message in this book.

  • Edris Sidiqian

    Would love to have this and share this with my 4 siblings ( 2,13,14,&11). I’m working on teaching them the fundamentals and being appreciative with everything in life. This would save me a great deal being I am college student with a busy schedule; Goodluck to everyone!.

  • Linda Hawkes

    I would love to have this to read to my grandson. What a great message.

  • Amanda Landis-Hanna

    I would love to share this with my own 2 hurricanes, ages 5 and 3!

  • Amanda Landis-Hanna

    Posted on FB

  • Karen

    I would love to share this with my 9yo daughter!

  • Brianne Lyne Vanderlinden

    what a gift to the young ones in our life, and the rest of us. I’d love to offer this to my 5 year old nephew.

  • Hi Brianne, thank you! The 5 year olds definitely love it! xo

  • Karen, YAY!! xoxo

  • Hi Amanda, I think they’ll love it! Thank you!

  • Thank you, Linda! xo

  • Edris, WOW! You are busy! Thank you for the support and the shares! xo

  • Thank you, Cheryl! Good luck! 🙂

  • Lisa

    What a great idea!

  • Nikki Mendez

    This is awesome! I practice meditation with my 6 year-old grandson. He loves it! I noticed that he was really hard on himself, and sometimes would give into his emotions very easily (hey, he is 6!). I also noticed that he some traits of an empath (I’m one), and I really want to help him understand his feelings & emotions – and NOT have to wonder, “What’s wrong with me?” like I did as a child. Also, in today’s world of everything available instantly, I feel that many children (and adults) don’t take that pause between thought & action. This can lead to serious consequences! Mediation has benefitted me tremendously, and I began to practice Reiki and became a certified level 3 Reiki teacher. My goal is to help children of all ages learn how to mediate. So it’s amazing to see this book so our children can understand the benefits of mediation from a child’s point of view!

  • netc23

    What a great sounding story. i try to teach my son mind-fullness but don’t feel successful at it myself.

  • Shireen D

    Hi everyone!

    Stumbled across this page and would love to win this book for my 2016 class (6 year olds) in Australia. I started doing daily mindfulness meditation with my 2015 class (9 year olds) and at the end of the year during reflection it came up as one of their favourite activities. If I could win this book it would be shared with 30 children on a regular basis and they in turn will pass on their learning and zen to their siblings and families. Love my job!!!

    Good luck to everyone and if you don’t win check online for guided mindfulness short stories, they are great. Read to your child/grand-child as often as possible through-out the week, only takes 5-10 mins and will have such a positive impact on your child now to allow them to make better decisions as adults.

    Kind regards,
    Shireen

  • Aileen

    Great idea for little ones. Thanks for the book tip!

  • El L.

    I would love to win this for my 9 year-old son who has severe UC (ulcerative colitis). He is not only busy with school, but also blood tests, procedures, and doctor’s visits. Although they think the condition is mostly auto-immune in nature, stress and diet can sometimes begin a flare. I think it is important for him to learn the tool of mindful meditation to calm himself when necessary.

  • Katrina Grover

    I love the sound of this book! Would love to win a copy 🙂 can’t wait to get my hands on one!!

  • deeson

    This is fabulous! I help my 7yo daughter and 5yo son meditate and do yoga. They benefit from the calm and stillness so much. It would be great to have this book to read to them too!

  • I have a 5 yo daughter. Like all children, she is quite curious to learn about different things. Every night, either me or my wife tell her bed time stories, stories with some morals, folk tales or fairy tales. Stories are a very powerful method of teaching. However, it never occurred to me that I can start teaching her mindfulness and initiate her journey to the inner world through stories. This is a revelation to me.

    If The Lemonade hurricane is available in India, I would like to read, understand and apply it. Thank you!

  • Kathy E.

    I am an elementary substitute teacher. I would love to carry this book with me and read it to every class I work in. This idea applies to everyone!

  • sarah POLOWSKI

    I teach grade four French immersion, and I know this book would be positively wonderful to share with my beloved students!

  • Kris

    I have a four year old who has already been diagnosed with ADHD and we’ve started teaching him yoga and meditation. This will be a wonderful addition to our toolbox 🙂

  • Sarah

    I am a High School Counselor and mother of two girls ages 4 & 6. I love the idea of exposing kids (and adults!) to the idea of being in the moment and appreciating what is in front of you. Such a difficult concept in the world of materialism and technology!!

  • I love the idea of this book!
    I have 2 girls, 6 & 5, we already practice gratitude daily with our cherries and pitts and this would man

  • Love the idea of this book. I am always on the lookout for ways to bring some peace to my 2 girls busy lives (6 & 5 yrs). We currently do cherries and pitts each night before bed, cherries are the sweet things from our day, things that make us smile and grateful. Pitts are those hard things to swallow, sad times or frustrations.

    I would love to win this book to add to our daily rituals 🙂

  • Delphine

    I really love this idea, such a powerful message for kids. I definitely plan on teaching my own kids mindfulness techniques!

  • Awesome, Delphine! xo

  • Oh I love that “Cherries and Pits” SO good!! xo

  • Thank you, Sarah! And yes – it really is tricky now a days!

  • YAY! I’m so glad to hear it!

  • Wonderful, Sarah! xo

  • Kathy – YES! I love the “traveling” Lemonade Hurricane – YAY!

  • Hi Braja, Thank you! I’m hoping it will be international soon. Stay tuned!

  • Awesome, Deeson! xo

  • KrazeMommy

    Great new book. I have a hard time finding similar natured books for my daughter and absolutely love finding new ones! Great lessons great concept.

  • Deborah Pelletier

    I have Grandsons so this will be awesome for them!

  • Shalla

    Would love this for our children ❤️

  • Eric Higgins-Freese

    Looks like a fun book.

  • Sara Cooper

    I look forward to reading this to my daughter!

  • Vicky Bouranis

    As a mindfulness meditation teacher … guiding and sharing the art of stillness to all ages is a gift. Often i am invited to early learning and primary schools to talk and guide the children into a meditation. I would be thrilled to receive a copy of Lemonade Hurricane and include this as part of my sessions. Keep up the wondeful work !! Warmly, Vicky

  • Alyssa Agee

    I have a 3.5 year old and a 4 year old…both of whom I am trying to model mindfulness in all areas of life to and also to teach them how to meditate. Would LOVE a copy of this book! I also retweeted here: https://twitter.com/alyssaagee/status/692093850840469504

  • Dawn Riccardi Morris

    I love the whole idea of this picture book! And the illustrations look adorable.

    As a parent who’s read a ton of picture books to her own kids, and used them to teach valuable lessons to elementary students during her time in grad school for education, I think this topic is much needed. And it looks so well done. Thank you for sharing it!

    I will definitely share this post on my health coaching Facebook page, as I work with families with young kids. Best of luck to the author!

  • tonypenny

    Really looking forward to reading this with my 10 year old twins.

  • I love this! Thank you for enlightening young and old alike.

  • Tiffanie Ly

    This is wonderful idea! I can not wait to read this and would love to show many people of it. Since i believe picture books are very easy for everyone to understand!

  • Lourdes Benavides

    Wow! I was just sharing with my husband this past weekend, how I would love to teach our daughters how to meditate! This book sounds wonderful.

  • Lynn Sterbenz

    I have been thinking how to share what I’ve learned about mindfulness with my children. This came at just the right time. I’m excited to read this!

  • Jenna O

    Sounds like an interesting book! I´m sure I would enjoy reading it.

  • Jen

    This is wonderful! I can not imagine a better gift to give to my children than the skill to practice the art of mindfulness.

  • Tish

    Wow! I would love to be able to share this book with my preschool children. So many little ones today would benefit from help in this mindful way! Congratulations on such a thoughtful book for children!

  • Katie McGreal

    Me please! It’s such a fantastic idea!

  • Suz

    My 8 year old daughter asks to listen to a guided meditation at bedtime every night. It’s a great way to calm her body & mind at the end of a busy day. We would love this book!

  • Hey…..

    I would love to have a copy of this book for my 6 and 3 year olds.

  • Jakki Pickett

    Thanks for sharing about this book! I’m a counselor and could use it with kids.

  • Stephen

    Would love this book!

  • Angie Jungling

    I would love to have a copy just to teach myself about mindfulness! Bonus that my kids might enjoy it, too. Thank you for the interview, Tiny Buddha!

  • Kryste Herring

    My 5 year old and myself could definitely benefit from this. Thank you for the opportunity

  • My 6 year old lives with anxiety and I am finding that mindfulness and meditation is an essential part of our wellbeing .. this looks like the perfect book to assist us xx

  • Brooke McMillan

    I can’t wait to read this book and use it in my classroom!