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Mindfulness for kids
Getting kids to meditate or be more mindful may not be as difficult as you think. There are many benefits for children who adopt a mindfulness or meditation practice. Learning to be mindful can even help kids in school! If you’d like to teach your kids to meditate or be more mindful but don’t know where to start, here are a few simple tips.
Be a good example when it comes to mindfulness
Set a good example. It’s kind of like eating your vegetables if you tell your kids to do it but you don’t do it yourself, it’s going to be a harder sell. Simply having a regular meditation practice will probably make your kids interested in meditation. I simply asked my 9-year-old if he’d like to try a 7-day meditation challenge and he said yes. I was so impressed with how well he did. It was a lot harder for me to start a meditation practice than it was for him!
There aren’t any rules to break.
There aren’t rules for establishing a meditation or mindfulness practice. The most important thing is to not overdo it. For little kids, don’t expect much. I recommend using a timer or a guided meditation for kids from an app. My daughter loves “Zen Den” from Cosmic Kids Yoga. Jamie has some really great mindfulness and relaxation videos for kids, along with yoga! I love to diffuse some lavender oil for a little extra calming! This is currently my favorite diffuser.
It can be fun to create meditation space together. You could purchase a cute yoga mat for kids and decorate the space with a Himalayan salt lamp, crystals, a Tibetan singing bowl or whatever else you’d like! If your brand new to using crystals for meditation, or using crystals at all, I highly recommend this Crystals for Beginners book.
Meditation apps are your friend
For kids who are a little older, they can do the same guided meditation or timed meditation as adults! My son and I did the free 7 days of Calm on the Calm app, and he loved it! We switched to Insight Timer and have continued to do some kind of guided meditation every night since then.
Even just sitting together and practicing deep breaths is great for kids of all ages! I have tried this with all of my kids (ages 4, 7 and 10) using the timer feature on the Insight Timer app. Start with one or two minutes, don’t worry if it doesn’t go perfectly (it won’t) and if all they can do is a minute or two. You are still creating a habit that can create so many positive things!
Once kids get into the habit of mindfulness or meditation, remind them to use it during their daily lives! They can always take a few deep breaths when they are in a situation when they are angry, or just before taking a test. Meditation has many benefits for kids, just like it does for adults.
I hope that you enjoyed these tips for mindfulness for kids. If you’re practicing mindfulness with your own kids, leave a comment and let me know what you’re doing! If you are brand new to mindfulness or meditation yourself, check out my how to start a meditation practice post.
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