It’s no secret that we are huge fans of Star Wars here at Cool Mom Tech, so when we heard that Headspace just launched new mindfulness and meditation content for kids 5-10 called Find Your Force with Star Wars, I rocketed over to watch the first of four videos on their YouTube channel. And I’m so glad I did!
In Chapter 1: Millennium Falcon Meltdown, Chewie and BB-8. are dealing with a mechanical issue as they try to get to Chewbacca’s home planet of Kashyyyk. As their frustrations rise — and Chewie’s roar gets louder — Headspace’s Samantha Snowden calmly explains how to cope when things aren’t going the way you want.
I really appreciate the easy-to-remember steps she outlines for kids to recall in those moments of intense frustration, so that they have the tools to respond in the best way. And frankly, these steps are useful for adults too, especially if we are riding co-pilot to our agitated child and need to help them recall what to do.
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Additional videos in the series will be released each Monday in August and with adorable animation and cool sound effects, they cover topics like sportsmanship, taking time to rest, and expressing gratitude for what we have — all excellent lessons for little Jedis-in-training. And I love that the launch coincides with back-to-school season, when so many kids are feeling extra anxious and excited.
Speaking of which, I think they’d make excellent short videos for teachers and educators to share in class too.
One tip though, parents: remember to toggle off the “autoplay” button so that YouTube doesn’t push another video automatically to your child. Otherwise you may find your kids in a whole other galaxy after this video has finished playing.
Want even more than the Find Your Force with Star Wars videos on YouTube? Parents can sign up for a free 14-day trial on the Headspace app and access additional Star Wars content, including breathing exercises and sleepcasts. Or make any purchase on shopDisney.com from August 10 – September 8, 2022 and claim an offer from Headspace for a two-month free trial to the app.