Mad to Glad

Mad to Glad

Mindfulness Lessons to Help Children Cope with Changing Emotions

By Angie Harris
Illustrated by Stacy Heller Budnick


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Spanish Edition of Del Enojo A La Alegria, por Angie Harris

The children's book "Mad to Glad" was recently released in Spanish!

Lecciones en mindfulness para ayudar a los niƱos a enfrentar sus emociones cambiates.

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Mad to Glad Reviews and Testimonials

"Specifically recommended for use with children ages 3 to 7, "Mad to Glad" is very highly recommended for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections" ... read more  review by Children's Bookwatch in May 2016 edition.

"This review has been a long time coming. I can just simply say that as a parent, not only do I find this book helpful for my son but for me as well. When we take the time together to read and talk about the concepts and ideas presented here we grow together. To me there isn't anything more valuable than that. I can recommend Mad to Glad to anyone who works with, interacts with, or is just involved in a child's life. Positive techniques to deal with negative emotions. A true find. " ... Amazon Prime review on May 12, 2016 By Scott

More reviews of Mad to Glad below.

Mindfulness Lessons to Practice at Home

Mad to Glad was written for children between the ages of 3-7. The book includes mindfulness lessons to help children cope with changing emotions. It teaches children the following mindfulness lessons:
Mad to Glad Characters

  • Energy Transfer: Using physical movement to change negative thoughts to a positive attitude of the mind 
  • Visualizations: Using a child's imagination to achieve goals 
  • Affirmations: Using positive phrases to build a child's confidence 
  • Focused Breathing: Using the breath to become aware of the present moment

Practice these lessons with children at both happy and sad moments. With daily practice, children will remember how to implement their inner mindfulness.

How to get your child excited about chilling out...

When reading Mad to Glad aloud, encourage children to act out the instructions associated to each emotion. Read the stories often, and practice daily.

Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgemental way. This mindful awareness stops our brains from pondering the "I should haves" of yesterday and worrying about the "What ifs?" of tomorrow.

In my experience with teaching Mindfulness to children, I realized emotions, both positive and negative, require awareness. I wrote this short story to help children become aware of common reactions to everyday situations. This book helps children recognize their emotions while they are experiencing the emotion. With guidance and practice, this internal awareness enables the child to create space between the challenging experience that their emotional and physical reaction.

My mission is to help children recognize that anger, frustration, sadness, and loneliness are common emotions, and it is natural to feel them every now and then. This book contains simple exercises inspired by my own Mindfulness practice, to help children increase their coping abilities. your child will learn to transfer their energy from fear and anger into positive thoughts and actions that serve their social and emotional growth.

A portion of the sales form this book will benefit, a non-profit support center for grief and loss in New Jersey.

More Reviews

A lovely review on Bookworm for Kids!

This is a book written to help children learn ways to identify and handle negative emotions in an effective and focused manner.
Five negative emotions are explored and with each one, a different possibility to handle the emotion is explained. First the emotion is named. Then, an example of how this emotion might arise is shown through a situation kids ages 3 to 6 have probably experienced themselves. After this, an easy action which the reader can imitate is given. And to round off the emotion/action, the reader is asked to repeat a simple phrase which will lock into their minds. At the end, there is a Mindful Diary, but I didn't find an explanation of what to do with it.
This is a calming book with good advice parents, teachers or other leading figures can use to help kids deal with their emotions. The advice is sounds, and if nothing else, readers will enjoy imitating the methods. A nice plus is the diversity of characters in the illustrations.
The illustrations are nicely done and go well with the text. Through them, it's easy for young readers/listeners to understand exactly what is meant in the text.
The writing itself is informative and easy for kids to understand. A few things didn't flow as well as they might have, but that doesn't interfere with the main purpose of the book.
Summed up: this is a lovely book for parents, teachers or others to share with kids, who might benefit from a way to deal with more difficult emotions.

Children's Bookwatch Review (May 2016)

Children are often told to "Pay attention!", but how do they do that when a young child's emotions and thoughts change so quickly? Written by Angie Harris and charmingly illustrated by Stacy Heller Budnick, "Mad to Glad" teaches children the following Mindfulness lessons in a fun and interactive way to increase their focusing abilities. The lessons included are: Energy transfer: Using physical movement to change negative thoughts to a positive attitude of the mind; Visualizations: Using a child's imagination to achieve goals; Affirmations: Using positive phrases to build a child's confidence; Focused breathing: Using the breath to become aware of the present moment. Specifically recommended for use with children ages 3 to 7, "Mad to Glad" is very highly recommended for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections. (July 2016)

"Mad to Glad: Mindfulness Lessons to Help Children Cope with Changing Emotions" was written in part to help children become aware of emotions while they are experiencing them. This heightened awareness then builds a foundation making it possible for the child to establish insulating space between the "challenging experience and their emotional and physical reaction."
It is natural for children and all to experience many emotions, such as frustration, sadness, anger, etc. Mindfulness practice can help children develop their abilities to cope with these emotions and move the energy into positive growth experiences.
"Mad to Glad" presents five different experiences of emotions from a child's viewpoint, exploring experiences of mad, sad, frustrated, fear, and lonely relating to a child's specific situation. In each instance, the feeling is described and presented in the present. Then a suggested calming or centering response is demonstrated, such as breathing in deeply through the nose and then releasing air through the mouth, with eyes open and then closed. Deep breathing can accompany healing thoughts such as imagining you are blowing all the lonely feelings away. After the mindfulness exercise, the child is able to move through the experience in a positive way and go on growing. Each exercise ends with the instruction to repeat aloud, "I am Happy again. I am Good always." A portrait of the child's smiling face accompanies this affirmation.
Cheery, inclusive pictures of children of different sexes, ages, and races help to make the mindfulness approach universal. A final page includes a mindfulness diary page, with name and date and blanks to fill in experiences. "Mad to Glad" is an excellent meditation tool for children age 3-7.

Librarian Recommends Mindfulness Book for K-2 Teachers

"As a librarian in Elementary School, I can honestly say we have never had a book that was so valuable to our teachers, while being fun for the kids to read. Teachers in our school are using this book to help children understand their emotions and value their feelings. The author has even agreed to do a reading for our K through 2 students and we are so excited!" ~Danielle Walsh, School Librarian & Board of Education Member

A Family & Lifestyle Photographer Takes Charge of Emotions

"This book is my children's favorite "going to bed" book. It truly connects to them like no other book. I believe it is the simple language, that is also designed to very intentionally help children understand that they can control their lives, mindfully. This simple, but deliberate way, helps them connect their problems to simple solutions, which instantly makes them very excited and empowered. Once they understand they can take charge of their emotions, they start feeling self-control, kindness and understanding to themselves and others. Even I use some of the simple tools to help myself take charge of my emotions, and I am a grown up :)" ~Biliana Coleman, Mom & Owner Bilimama Photography

A Stress Management and Mindfulness Coach Comments on Mad to Glad

"This book is truly a gem! As a Stress Management and Mindfulness Coach, books such as this are hard to find. Sharing these skills with very young children is a powerful way to ensure that they will grow up more aware of the role they play in understanding what it means to live a balanced, and emotionally healthy life. The 21st century is complicated, fast-paced and sometimes overwhelming, and this book is a valuable tool in helping children get in touch with the softer, slower and sweeter side of their world. The book is written in such a way that children really enjoy it, each time it is read to them, over and over again. I bought quite a few copies and I give them out as a gift to my clients that have children or grandchildren. Love it" ... Amazon Prime review by Judy Banks

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