Meditation and mindfulness pair easily with a more relaxed and considered life.
As our kids grow and develop, you may notice that they’re crazy people. That’s been my experience. My son recently turned four, and all that talk about three year olds being difficult seems quaint and off target. Four-year-olds are the real maniacs.
Our routines and mind states are similar to the limited awareness of children. When we get into a loop of deadlines and responsibilities both at work and at home, it’s easy to lose perspective and have stress building up in the background. To feel that we have a lack of control.
Daily meditation practice is a way to ground back into oneself. Getting into the habit with your kids is an interesting way to bond with them, and help their finding a little peace and quiet in their busy lives.
Headspace is a tremendous resource and they have content tailored to kids. You can subscribe for free or pay a moderate amount per month for premium content.
We want children to be healthy and happy, not just now but for the rest of their lives. And teaching them about meditation early would help them do just that. That’s why we created Headspace for Kids.
They have options for three age groups: 5 and under, 6-8 and 9-12.
It’s an incredible way for kids to learn patience. To develop the crucial ability to sit quietly without external stimulation of endless YouTube, toys, games etc.
Those skills will be vital when it’s time to do their homework for school. To sit quietly in class and listen to their teachers. Understanding that you learn more when listening than you do while talking, let alone shouting and getting frustrated.
Meditation for kids is exciting to me as it never existed in my life when I was young. It simply wasn’t in my universe and I’d have surely benefited greatly from some mindfulness practice.