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I HAVE to share this wonderful book with you all!! It is a must have for your children's book collection!


Dawn Huebner, PHD, has written this beautiful book for children to help them understand and cope with their sad and anxious feelings surrounding events in the news! What a perfect time to get your hands on this book!!!


I LOVE how this book is written. It feels like Dawn herself is holding your hand whilst she calmly validates and explains your feelings in a nurturing, none patronizing way. She talks to children as though they are equals, providing them with pure self-awareness.




The book delivers the exact same messages of our songs "BAD BUBBLES" (A song specially designed to help children cope with their bad thoughts and feelings) and "THE WORRY MONSTER" (A song all about anxiety and to help children understanding fight or flight) I'll put the links below so you can sing and dance along with your little ones :)


"BAD BUBBLES" by Sammy & The Sparks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW8-ppuKCzg


"THE WORRY MONSTER" by Sammy & The Sparks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRJnQ15Oxvs


The book also teaches techniques we teach in our home schooling lesson plans! We have 5 lesson plans available for download but the 2 we recommend alongside this book are "THE BAD BUBBLES LESSON PLAN" and "THE WORRY MONSTER LESSON PLAN"


To browse our lesson plans and to find out more, click here or visit www.sammyandthesparks.com/lesson-plans




Head here to buy Dawn Huebner's book "Something Bad Happened: A Kid's Guide to Coping With Events in the News: https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/something-bad-happened-a-kids-guide-to-coping-with-events-in-the-news/dawn-huebner/kara-mchale/paperback/9781787750746.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjw-r71BRDuARIsAB7i_QMQu6M8OcOmo4gKEmSjoqcuI9_c-VgN7Da-TvnkIHBF0x5x-9ur3NsaAm6_EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Hello Sparks! So, I've been thinking (AGAIN!) What if we taught children the FEELING of being grateful rather than just the words "thank you"? We are always telling children when to say thank you. Say thank you for this... say thank you for that... there's a reason children repeat those words in an unenthusiastic, mono-tone voice. We may as well replace them with a parrot!


My worry is that by teaching children the action of gratitude rather than the feeling of gratitude, we are caring more about what society thinks of our children than how they think about themselves. We are sort of teaching them to fit into society mechanically rather than authentically.


I have been doing a course with Yale called "The Science of Wellbeing" and it is truly amazing what the feeling of gratitude does to our mental and emotional health. You know how we have "superfoods", well I now like to call gratitude a superfeeling! When we feel a true sense of gratitude, we improve our mood, reduce our stress levels, strengthen our immune system, lower blood pressure and encourage stronger social connections which has a whole host of benefits in itself! Teaching children how to be truly grateful is one of the biggest gifts we can give to their mental health, emotional health, society and the planet!


How do we teach the FEELING of gratitude? By teaching children (and ourselves!) how to savor!!! It's not a new idea to "live in the moment" or to "be present"... we all know it's one of the main ingredients to living our richest lives! It's putting it into practice which is the hard part. It's such a hard habit to implement in the first place, let alone when you have a family to look after and a 9-5 job that needs your focus for most of the day!


So what can we do to practice this habit wherever, whenever and in a way that encourages our children to be mindful and grateful? We can savor!!!


Let's start with our daily family meal. Every time you take a mouthful of food, SAVOR that food. Taste that food like you have never tasted it before! Take your time, close your eyes... really indulge in that mouthful of food. When you do this well, you are being fully present and mindful. This is the state of mind we are aspiring to be in, in order for true gratitude to sprout naturally.


Let's encourage children to savor whenever we can. Tell them where their food has come from and how it has arrived on their plate. Tell them about the farmers who have planted and reared it, the process that food has been through, the weather conditions it has needed in order to grow, how it's transported etc... be honest and tell them everything. Only when we know the effort, circumstances and sacrifice that has gone into our meals can we truly appreciate it and form our own opinions on the world. When we know how much time and effort has gone into getting one single carrot onto our plate, that carrot becomes something very special.


What do you think? Do you think we should let the feeling of gratitude trigger the action rather than the adult? Let me know! Would love to hear your opinions :)


Keep Sparking Joy!


Sammy x




We have 5 home schooling lesson plans, designed to teach children mindfulness and how to stay emotionally and mentally strong. You can browse our lesson plans here: https://www.sammyandthesparks.com/lesson-plans

And here: https://www.sammyandthesparks.com/shop


We also have some wonderful pop songs to help children be mindful and self-assured. You can find all our sing-along music videos here: https://www.sammyandthesparks.com/sing-a-long-1




Anxiety and depression in children has never been higher. It is more important than ever for us to take mindfulness and self-care seriously.

A triangle meditation is simple to do and highly effective. Meditation has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, control anxiety, stabilize our emotions, encourage self-awareness, lengthen our attention span, help control pain, encourage kindness, improve memory loss with age and improve our sleep. The triangle meditation is perfect to do with your little ones because it is simple and visual. Here is how to do it... Step 1) GET COSY.


Find a cosy, peaceful place for you both to sit. If you are inside, maybe light a candle or play some gentle music, like our meditative song for children "Bad Bubbles": https://open.spotify.com/track/475zgXnBWLgtHWDJ8pub1U Step 2) CLOSE YOUR EYES AND RELAX.


Nothing to add here... I told you it was simple!

Step 3) BREATH IN, HOLD, BREATH OUT.


Breath in for 3 counts, hold your breath for 3 counts, then breath out for 3 counts. As you do this, picture a triangle. Imagine tracing each side of that triangle with each breath. This is a wonderfully easy way to bring ourselves into the now and to make sure our mind is completely clear of everything else. Step 4) FOCUS ON YOUR BREATH.


Keep breathing deeply, enjoying each breath. If you feel like your thoughts are intruding, focus on tracing that triangle. Step 5) OPEN YOUR EYES.


When you are ready, gently open your eyes and gradually return your awareness to your surroundings...





You may like our home schooling lesson plan "BAD BUBBLES" which is all about teaching children the art of mindfulness, self-awareness and meditation. If you would like to find out more, click here!


The "BAD BUBBLES" Lesson Plan is designed to introduce children to the art of meditation and day to day mindfulness and self-awareness. The whole plan focuses on teaching children how to cope with bad thoughts and negative feelings. They will learn how to not define themselves by their bad thoughts, how normal it is to have bad thoughts and how to deal with those thoughts in a healthy and mindful way.   All our home education lesson plans work hand in hand, providing children with powerful self-help techniques to help them stay emotionally and mentally strong.   YOU WILL GET:   - Welcome Pack and Information ​ - Worksheets to help children identify and cope with their bad thoughts and negative feelings. Sheets designed to encourage loving, thoughtful conversations between you. ​ - Daily Affirmations designed to affirm self-awareness around our thinking. ​ - A daily, 5 minute, Guided Meditation to help children cope with their bad thoughts and feelings. ​ - Affirmation word search to introduce new, mindful words to your child's vocabulary. ​ - "BAD BUBBLES" by Sammy & The Sparks (the single) ​ - "BAD BUBBLES" (the backing track) ​ - "BAD BUBBLES" Lyric Sheets ​ - "BAD BUBBLES" official, sing-along, music video in HD.


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