Whatever her many professional accomplishments, Hawn-a mother and grandmother-will tell you that she has always considered parenting her most challenging and important role, and she remains intensely passionate about promoting the well-being and safety of children.
In 2003, Hawn established the nonprofit Hawn Foundation, which went on to create MindUP, an innovative and extraordinarily successful school program, based on cutting-edge scientific research, to support the social and emotional development of children. Hawn has been working with leading educators and neuroscientists to develop ways to promote children's success in school and in life through social and emotional learning. Based on years of research, the program offers easy-to-grasp insights from current behavioral, psychological, and neurological studies to show how our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors-including our ability to focus, manage stress, and learn-are all exquisitely interconnected. The Hawn Foundation's MindUP program is currently in the hands of more than 1,000 educators throughout North America and Great Britain.
In her new book, "10 MINDFUL MINUTES: Giving Our Children-and Ourselves-the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happier Lives," Hawn shares the lessons, tools, and techniques developed for the program, in a practical and inspiring guide for parents and caregivers. The simple and effective tools detailed in this unique guide will give parents what they need to help their young children and teenagers reduce stress and anxiety; improve concentration and academic performance; manage emotions and behaviors more effectively; develop greater empathy for others and the world; and be more optimistic and happy.
About the Author Goldie Hawn is an Academy Award-winning actress and New York Times-bestselling author. Since 2003, when she established The Hawn Foundation, she has been working with leading educators and neuroscientists, among other specialists, to develop ways to promote children's success in school and in life through social and emotional learning. The Hawn Foundation's MindUP program is currently in the hands of more than 1,000 educators throughout North America and Great Britain. Hawn has been a presenter on the topic of social emotional learning at such notable gatherings as the 2009 Aspen Health Forum and the Technology, Entertainment, Design-Medicine (TEDMED) event.