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Making Mindfulness Part of Your Child’s Day

by mindfulhub on July 25, 2011

Incorporating mindfulness into your child’s everyday activities can change the way she reacts to every day frustrations, help shape the neuronal networks in her brain, and ultimately influence her personality development in a positive way.

Mindfulness practices activate prefrontal lobe activity, helping us to respond to stress in healthier ways, attune and communicate better with loved ones, and help us feel empathy to those in our community and the world.  Mindfulness training helps us understand how we are all deeply connected, and develops a sense of moral awareness.  Could we give our kids a better education?  With these facts in mind, it makes sense to make mindfulness part of our child’s every day life.  Perhaps as important as eating well, brushing teeth every day, and getting enough sleep.

Don’t think you have time for mindfulness?  Yonguey Mingyur Rinpoche, a popular buddhist meditation teacher says “mindfulness helps you do more with less effort.”  How is it possible that slowing down and attending to one thing at a time will allow us to do more?  What Rinpoche is talking about is the sense of ease that is developed once a mindfulness practice is established.  By practicing mindfulness with your child, you will both start to feel a sense of ease and well-being, a sense that everything is  manageable, and everything is okay.

Check out our tip sheet, Everyday Mindfulness with Children.  Let us know how it works for you!

We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!

You may also be interested in teaching children mindfulness basics

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Melbourne Counsellor July 26, 2011 at 5:27 am

Hi Donna,
This is all great. I wonder if you have some particular ideas about discipline and children. I get that the aim is to teach, not to punish. To separate actions from the person. But any practical ways in which mindfulness and child discipline can be useful I think would make a great topic. Just a thought :-)
All the best.
Adam

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mindfulhub July 26, 2011 at 11:19 am

This is a great idea for a discussion. When I think about discipline and mindfulness, I think about a parent who is in control, is confident about their parenting, and above all, compassionate. I’m thinking of adding a forum to mindful hub – perhaps this will be the first topic! Thanks Adam, as always, for your thoughts.

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