Understanding the Importance of Teaching Mindfulness to your Kids

Teaching my little one mindfulness and mediation hasn’t been easy, but the outcome has been rather beneficial. I have noticed how even more spatially aware she is and how much less she has to keep busy. From this experience with her I have learned that kids need to learn different ways to cope when they are in varying situations that they have not handled before. One of the most important parts of this is understanding mindfulness.

What is mindfulness?

Picture this: you’re standing in Warrior I and once again you’re experiencing the same sensations of boredom, maybe even anger, tension, impatience, and awkwardness. These same feelings surface time and time again. Rather than reacting, you instead allow all of these thoughts to go through your head. The reality of this moment surfaces and you realize that much like everything else in life, this pose will end. The feeling and sensation helps remind you that there’s no need to get caught up in anything else beyond this exact moment. That moment of irritation surfaces, your arms are shaking and calves are burning. Yet another opportunity to appreciate that exact moment, and often with that flash of appreciation comes gratitude.  This moment is one that you have completely given yourself to have this time on your mat; time to bring awareness back to your breath.

That whole experience I just shared detailed the true benefits of mindfulness. The whole idea of bringing awareness into the present moment while accepting what is happening, and leaving judgment at bay. You don’t always clear your mind, but you at least have an opportunity to allow thoughts and emotions to come and go, still without judgement.

Is mindfulness something we should teach our kids?

Especially in a situation where you have more challenging children, mindfulness offers a fabulous opportunity for kids to acknowledge what’s around them and settle their own minds. Mindfulness really helps kids that have frustration with managing emotions and improving their concentration. Giving them the tools to have the opportunity to calm down and be aware of the present moment, allows for the internal calming.

Like mother, like daughter.

I highly recommend working on your own mindfulness before pushing the idea onto your child. Once you have been able to be more mindful of your own life, you’ll be a much better mentor for your child. These moments could be a quiet walk, time on your mat, or maybe quiet time in the morning before you start your day.

Family classroom setting

It’s never a bad idea to suggest and work on exercises when your child is in a space that he is comfortable with. Practicing mindfulness activities as a family can be really beneficial as you’ll have that time to connect. 

Light + Love, 

Maria 

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