For Families

Hello, parent, grandparent, foster parent, caregiver. We know you’re busy. But we also know you love your kids. We all have moments we wish we were doing more or connecting better, but there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to fit it in.

We get it. And we’re here to help. We’ve built a system that takes about 10 minutes 3 times a week, and fosters greater self-esteem, laughter, increased trust and helps reduce depression.

Start using 5 Radical Minutes for Families in your Home

$50 /year

How It Works

5 Radical Minutes for Families introduces a new way of being together.

Through paired sharing, family activities, and mindfulness practices, families develop empathy, greater self-esteem, improved health, better concentration, and reduced depression. All in an easy-to-use format that meets you right where you are.

Happy, Caring Children

Research shows us that being kind actually produces endorphins in the body.

These good feelings are not just beneficial, they’re contagious! Being kind and doing good things encourages more kindness. Our program fosters a sense of empathy and kindness towards other through radical listening. This leaning in and giving the other person space and time to speak allows us to share joys and pains alike.

  • Cheri Lovre’s 5 Radical Minutes curriculum addresses our world's need to engage in productive dialogue head on. This solution to affecting change is packaged in an easy to follow curriculum that takes just 5 minutes daily. Cheri is just the credible source to provide us with this pro-active approach to improving relationships, and therefore improving our schools and society.

    Dr. Becky J. Berg, Ed.D Marysville School District Superintendent, Marysville Washington
  • I witnessed Cheri Lovre’s intervention in a school community torn by racial divide. Guided by her expertise, the community was brought together – parents, students and school personnel. Cheri Lovre fostered deep and meaningful discussion between all parties, some of whom, just hours prior, had refused to share the same room. Her skill facilitated expressions of deeper understanding, compassion, even forgiveness in the community. Her guidance led to a palpable change in school climate, exactly the prescription so needed to help students and parents experience school as a safe place of learning and human growth. I couldn’t recommend her work more highly.    

    Linda Shoemaker School Counselor, Lancaster County PA
  • Cheri Lovre is the embodiment of what she teaches. As a master communicator, with skill and compassion, she can help transform a school. During 9/11, 2001, I was Director of Pupil Personnel Services in the NYC school district, surrounding the World Trade Center. The advice, warmth and wisdom Cheri offered, while essential during crisis is needed everyday, in every school, facing the challenges and stressors of daily lives.

    Marjorie Robbins Pupil Personnel Services Director for NYCBOE, District Two, Lower Manhattan
  • 5 Radical Minutes is the foundation of our classroom interactions and relationships. It's helped students immediately feel more comfortable talking with each other and sharing ideas without fear or judgement. We've been able to discuss issues we don't normally get to explore. The connections that they've made with each other at the start of each class has helped with group projects, conflict resolution, and overall acceptance of each other. My students love the program!

    Sondra Belfrey Central Valley School District Elementary Teacher, Washington
  • Using the 5 Radical Minutes program with my freshmen gave me a chance to include all students in the classroom activities. Students had a chance to interact with each other on a daily basis. Pairing students together allowed them to interact with students they might normally not interact with. It brought a level of comfort to the classroom that allowed all students to contribute to the classroom activities. The various topics of discussion kept the conversation fresh and allowed the students to add their own unique personality to the classroom.

    Patrick Murphy Black Horse Pike School District Mathematics Teacher, New Jersey

Greater Sense of Belonging and Improved Self-Esteem

Good deeds help us feel good.

5 Radical Minutes for Families helps youth see areas in which they can help others. And when they follow through on that action, they feel part of something greater than themselves. This increases optimism and self-worth.

More Laughter

We believe in laughing together! And we love all the benefits it gives us as well. Researchers tell us that laughter helps us live longer, strengthens relationships, burns calories, reduces stress, increases productivity, aides communication, and strengthens us emotionally.

Better Concentration

Life moves fast and it can be hard to focus. The mindfulness techniques taught in 5 Radical Minutes for Families teach principles of slowing down, breathing deep, and being in the moment. This improved concentration means better grades, more effective study time, and more time for fun things!

Reduced Depression

Our kids are under so much pressure! From academic expectations, to peer pressure, to an online culture that sets unrealistic standards, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. 5 Radical Minutes for Families teaches resilience in the face of these challenges This intentional face-to-face time with family encourages deeper relationships, better connection, and a greater sense of balance.

Address Difficult Topics

5 Radical Minutes for Families provides an opportunity for parents to help their children explore the many challenges that lie ahead before those challenges become issues.

5 Radical Minutes for Families allows children to acknowledge consequences of choices when those consequences aren’t yet personal. When a child internalizes values rather than following their parent’s values, they are far more likely to make good choices. The outcome? Youth will be more apt to make these healthier choices when they’re with peers, away from parental influence or oversight. Positive choices are sustained over time when based in the child’s sense of self-worth. Character is what we do when nobody’s looking.

The Neuro-Biology of Kindness

Acts of compassion or love exercise the vagus nerve. Research shows us that individuals who have a high vagus nerve response will voluntarily help others or more readily come to someone’s defense.

In the 5 Radical Minutes for Families program, parents receive brief instructions that help family members engage this nerve, relax the body, and listen from a place of kindness. This transformative program takes the positive outcomes from the mindfulness programs already popular in today’s culture and gives them life as all learn to practice these positive skills in action in their relationships every day.


Dacher Keltner on the Vagus Nerve

Teaching Children Belly Breathing


5 Radical Minutes Research Support

Check Out Our School Program

We have a school program as well. When your child’s teacher uses 5 Radical Minutes in the classroom, it not only enhances your child’s learning experience, it reinforces your efforts at home.

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