Episode 61 – Mindfulness and Kids

Mindfulness has been shallowly associated nowadays with mere meditation or doing yoga in an isolated and quiet place. But is this all there is to mindfulness? Oxford Languages defines this as the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. In today’s episode, our guest defines mindfulness as being present in the current moment in the here and now, and not being caught up in the past nor the future. Join me in my conversation with Jane Martino today as we further talk about her journey towards mindfulness.

Jane Martino is a mother and published author with her series of six ‘Thank-you’ books, a book entitled Mindfulness Made Easy, and a five-book picture book series in partnership with Smiling Mind. Jane is also a Chair and Co-founder of the globally recognized, tech-based, not for profit Smiling Mind that delivers freely accessible, preventative mental health tools. Smiling Mind has over 5.4 million people using its free mindfulness app. Their award-winning education tools are also utilized by over 194,000 teachers across Australia each day.

Key Takeaways:

Listen to my conversation with Jane Martino and learn:

  • Activities that Jane enjoy doing
  • What inspired her to pursue mindfulness
  • How she realized she wanted to bring mindfulness to young people
  • Her own definition of mindfulness
  • Benefits of mindfulness meditation
  • What makes the ‘Smiling Mind’ application stand out
  • All about the ‘Thank You Present’ and her other books

Jane’s Take-Home Message for Parents and Educators

Nurture a child’s innate capacity to be in the present moment by not rushing them and stopping to look at something. See things from a child’s perspective. Spend time without distraction.


Gratitude and the thought of gratitude is something that I think is so important to embed in families.

I think it’s also seeing things from a child’s perspective a bit more. Sometimes we look at everything as adults, and so I think if we can get down to their level and do that, I think that would be really good.”


Smiling Mind website – smilingmind.com.au

Smiling Mind app – https://apps.apple.com/us/app/smiling-mind/id560442518

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