Sunday, May 29, 2016

Great Children's Songs about Mindfulness, Self-Acceptance, and Gratitude



posted by Catharine Hannay



In the song lists about gratitude, etc., I always try to include at least one song that can be used with younger kids. However, most of those songs are geared more toward adolescents and adults.

So here's a whole list with only songs that are appropriate for young children... although the rest of us would also benefit from belly breathing with Elmo!



Emotions & Self-Control


Belly Breathe
Elmo, with Common and Colbie Caillat







Feelings 
Patty Shukla







Cookie Monster




Gratitude



Sherri Boekweg






Thank Someone
Amy Grant and John Hiatt




CocoMelon Nursery Rhymes and Kids' Songs







Kids TV 123







The Juice Box Jukebox





Together is Better 
(“I'm grateful for my friends.”)





Facing Challenges/
Self-Compassion/Persistence



Believe in Yourself Song, with Michael BublĂ© 








Don’t Give Up, with Bruno Mars 






Power of Yet, with Janelle Monae




Self-Acceptance/Self-Esteem






Everybody Be Yo'self, with Keb Mo





The Ugly Duckling (“It’s good to be me.”)





What I Am, with Will.I.Am


If you have a favorite song for teaching mindfulness or social-emotional skills to kids, please post a comment or email me at mindfulteachers[at]gmail[dot]com so I can add it to the list.