Raising very active children is a significant challenge for parents. For parents of children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), the challenge is much greater. In the U.S. alone, roughly 1 in 10 children have ADHD, and that number is growing by more than 5% per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The economic cost of dealing with ADHD is estimated to be $36 - $52 billion dollars per year in the United States, roughly $12,000 to $17,000 annually per affected child. Treatment techniques from the mainstream medical establishment include medication, psychotherapy, education, or a combination of these approaches.
The idea of uncontrolled restlessness, however, is much older. The phrase "monkey mind" is a Buddhist term meaning unsettled, restless, or confused. (It dates back at least as far as the later Qin Dynasty, 384-417 CE, in China.)
Drawing on her experiences observing hyperactive and overstimulated children, and on her study of Buddhism, author Phoebe Lee has crafted a bedtime story sure to both delight and help calm a restless child. Sumptuously illustrated by award-winning artist Pamela Boullier Ross, Monkey Mind offers children a way to think about, and deal with, their restlessness themselves.
Monkey • Fish • Dragon, an audio CD written and produced by Phoebe Lee, features music composed by eight-time Emmy Award Winner/Grammy nominee, Kat Epple, who also narrates the stories. It contains three stories that use ancient concepts to educate and inspire your children. The stories will entertain and calm with their creative visualizations and their message of positive thinking, affirmation, and acceptance.