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The Best Apps To Help Kids Wind Down
It’s not just adults who need help to manage stress, or unplug from our mindsand emotions. Kids need help too – perhaps even more so, as they come upagainst challenges, difficult feelings or pressures for the first time.
Whether your child is feeling anxious, is finding it hard to sleep, or is havingdifficulty handling big emotions, these apps can help. They offer a range of useful tools and practises that will help them face life’s curve balls, from gratitude journaling, to mindfulness techniques and tactics to diffuse the worst tantrum.HeadspaceBrought to you by the same team behind Headspace, Headspace for Kids works on the premise that teaching children how meditate from a young age can help set them up for life. The sessions are designed for every stage, from toddler up to teen, and parents can do the exercises with their children. These are grouped thematically into Calm, Focus, Kindness, Sleep and Wake Up and include visualisations, soothing sounds and breathing exercises. The app aims to help kids be calm and focussed, as well as wind down and sleep better. It’s free to try for a couple of weeks and then moves on to a subscription service at either £9.99 a month or £4.17 a month for an annual subscription.
Headspace for Kids, Headspace, available on subscription.Mindful PowersThis one introduces your child to mindfulness, via a series of meditations or“stories”. It engages children with the idea through a “flibbertigibbet”, a cutepurple blob that they have to try to keep happy by petting in a calming motion. The idea behind the award-winning app is to teach kids how to respond to stressful situations through play, which will stand them in good stead for future(or current) life stresses. It’s suitable for children aged four and above and available at the app store only for iPhone and iPad.
Mindful Powers, Smashing Ideas LLC, Free from the App Store. The Best Apps To Help Kids Wind DownBreathe, Think, Do With SesameThis free app teaches children how to use their breath to calm down, problemsolve, find self-control and plan. The aim of the game is to help a blue monster calm down from frustrating situations by taking deep breaths; for example, struggling to tie his shoelaces or separation anxiety. Kids help the monster calm down and then work through his problem by choosing a solution, which they watch him try out in an animated clip. There’s a parent section too with tips and help. Available on iPhone, iPod and Android.
Breathe, Think, Do With Sesame, Sesame Street, Free from the App Store.The Best Apps To Help Kids Wind DownThree Good Things: A Happiness JournalThis is a journaling app that teaches children how to cultivate gratitude. Kids write down three good things that happened to them that day, which, by focusing on the positives, hopes to make them happier. They can track their progress and set a reminder so they don’t forget. It’s free and available on iOS.
Three Good Things: A Happiness Journal, Asher Dale, Free from the App store.The Best Apps To Help Kids Wind DownSuper Stretch YogaThis app teaches kids how to do 12 different, animal-inspired yoga poses. Eachpose is taught by a short animation, led by a caped superhero called SuperStretch. This is followed by video of children attempting the pose and anexplanation of how to do it. Kids can choose a particular pose or do them in order. Reminders to breathe are given throughout. Super Stretch is free and available on iOS.
Super Stretch Yoga, The Adventures of Super Stretch, LLC, Free from theApp Store.Calm CounterThis app is a visual and audio tool to help kids calm down when they are angryor anxious. It opens with the “I need a break screen”, which transforms into ared, angry face icon with the number 10. Each tap makes the icon calmer andcounts backward from 10. This is followed by a deep breath. It also includes a story about anger and explanations of things that can help you to calm down. It was designed for kids with autism and would be helpful for any child feeling strong emotions. Works with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Calm Counter, Touch Autism, £2.99 available only from the App Store.Stop, Breathe & Think KidsThis kids’ version of the popular app for teens and grown ups, is aimed at 5-10year olds. It features 15 meditation videos called “missions”, which are groupedinto seven categories: Quiet, Focus, Caring, Connecting, Energising, Meltdown, Open Mind and Sleep. Children can either show how they’re feeling by emojis or they can pick a mission to complete. Available on iPhone and iPad.
Stop, Breathe & Think Kids: Focus, Calm and & Sleep, Free from the App Store.ScapeScape is an ambient music creation app, by composers Brian Eno and PeterChilvers. It generates music from shapes, colours, and textures that form a visual palette. These elements react to each other to make different sound scapes, which can be shared with others. The process and result is very meditative and relaxing. It’s not designed specifically for kids, but it has universal appeal. Available only on iPad.
Scape, £11.99 from the App Store.Let’s Create! PotteryThis app soothes and encourages creativity by letting children spin a virtualpottery wheel. Not quite the tactile experience of the real thing, but they can tapand press the screen to mould the clay as it turns and put it in a kiln to hardenand decorate it afterwards. They can even have a go at trying to copy a piece ofartwork. It’s relaxing and offers a good diversion from stress or big emotions.Available on iPad, Android and Kindle Fire.
Let’s Create! Pottery, £3.99 from Amazon.Moshi Twilight Sleep StoriesThis BAFTA award-winning app is designed to help kids who find it hard tosleep. It uses over 40 hours of soothing audio sleep stories, meditations, musicand sounds to help little listeners drift off into the land of nod. It boasts an allstar cast of narrators, including Goldie Hawn, Brian Blessed and Patrick Stewart. It comes recommended by sleeps experts and doctors alike. Dreamy lullabies, rhyming journeys, cute characters and mindfulness cues will take the stress out of bedtime. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Moshi Twilight Sleep Stories, Mind Candy Limited, Free from the Apple store. Breathing BubblesThis is an app aimed at children with anxiety, specifically five-year-olds andabove. It encourages to leave their worries behind, with the help of Manny theManatee, who takes them through visualisations and breathing exercises.Children are asked to name their emotion and how strong it is. Then they mustchoose whether to release a worry or receive a joy; with the former, a virtualbubble floats away and with the latter, a bubble comes towards them. If yourchild can’t write yet, they will need your help. Compatible with iOS.
Breathing Bubbles, Momentous Institute, Free from the App store.Sleep Meditations For KidsThis is a children’s bedtime app, from leading yoga and Montessori teacher,Christiane Kerr. It uses story mediations with relaxing sound effects and music. It helps children with sleep issues, insomnia, stress and anxiety and promotesrelaxation and well being. Lovely graphics and a mellifluous voice mean it’s sureto soothe. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Sleep Meditations for Kids, Diviniti Publishing Ltd, Free from the App store. MORE FROM HUFFPOST FINDS... 5 Self-Help Books For Parents That Mums And Dads Say Actually Work 10 Handy Items To Help You Get (And Stay) Organised In 2020 10 Brands That Prove Maternity Clothes Don’t Have To Be Frumpy We all work hard to earn our money – so it shouldn’t feel like hard work to spend it well. At HuffPost Finds we’ll help you find the best stuff that deserves your cash, from the ultimate lipstick to a durable iron to replace the one that broke (RIP). All our choices are completely independent but we may earn a small commission if you click a link and make a purchase.
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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