Best-Selling Author & Expert on Emotional Learning
Maureen is an educator, award-winning author, and leader in the field of children’s emotional health. Her best-selling book, The Emotionally Healthy Child, has a preface from His Holiness the Dalai Lama (New World Library, 2018) and gives adults the ideas they need to nurture positive emotional health in today’s children. Her prior book, Growing Happy Kids, focused on cultivating confidence and notably won several awards. She also regularly blogs at Psychology Today, which has reached millions of adults worldwide. Read More >
How to Raise Happier Children
Small children have big feelings and oftentimes they don’t know what to do with them. Helping children learn to identify, regulate and constructively express their feelings has become part of every teacher’s job! Learning tools that you can use in the classroom (or at home) to help children stop, calm and make smarter choices, especially when emotionally challenged is essential to any child’s healthy (and happier) development. Invite Maureen to learn new ideas, proven tools and get inspired along the way.
Educating our students for the future requires we help them understand their emotions both the challenging and helpful ones. Maureen shares the key ideas, and tools that can build emotional intelligence (EQ) so that our students are prepared to make smarter choices in and out of the classroom. She presents the latest scientific findings, and proven tools that can help in your classroom today.
Scientific studies reveal that children that participate in mindfulness practices in the classroom are happier children. They demonstrate higher test scores, better friendships and more positive mindsets. Learning simple practices that you can bring to your K-8 classroom can make a big difference. Participants get an experience of mindfulness, learn the science behind mindfulness, and gain new tools to bring into their classroom, school or district.
Children ask questions that we don’t always have answers for but how we respond makes all the difference in the world. Boys and girls form their worldview from what we say, and how we interact with them. Maureen presents some of the toughest subjects, and gives adults (parents, teachers, professionals) the language they need to be honest yet appropriate with children as they tackle the concepts of school shooting, video game addiction, death, natural disasters and loss. Helping children form an emotionally healthy mindset and skillful worldview that serves them requires we step-up and learn how to respond to even their toughest questions!
We all want to raise and teach happier children, but the question is always how? Maureen demystifies the keys to becoming happier with a focus on compassion in the classroom (or at home) and shares the latest scientific findings as to what leads children toward and away from their deepest joy. Maureen also covers the latest findings on digital devices, trauma and how everyday habits can be developed in the classroom to help children build resilience and cultivate healthier emotions.
Maureen writes a wildly popular blog about emotional health and education trends from no homework to implementing kindness curriculums. In this fascinating look into the future of education Maureen shares the latest scientific findings, real-life stories and proof that education is rapidly changing, evolving and becoming better. Invite Maureen to deliver this keynote and you’ll discover why she consistently gets the highest ratings for her talks!
“Maureen explained mindfulness in a way that any teacher or parent could understand. Her tools were fun, workshop was engaging, and her influence can be felt in our school today. We look forward to having her back.”
“This was great. I appreciate you talking to our parents, and helping them raise 'media healthy' children!”
“Maureen was a hit! She was able to share new ideas and strategies with our parents, which really helped them. They asked a variety of questions and got immediate answers.”
“It was delightful to hear Maureen speak about her work with children, how she helps them become more mindful, and learn real-life strategies to use mindfulness in the classroom. I could see all of our teachers getting jazzed about using these new tools.”
“We are still getting positive feedback about Maureen's keynote, and teachers using the tools she taught. It was truly life-changing to have her come visit our school system.”