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How do you raise a mindful child?
- Start with intention. When doing things for and with your children, start with why.
- Stay present. It’s easy to allow worry to take you away from the present.
- Encourage communication about feelings.
- Admit your mistakes.
What is mindful parenting? Mindful parenting means that you bring your conscious attention to what’s happening, instead of getting hijacked by your emotions. Mindfulness is about letting go of guilt and shame about the past and focusing on right now. It’s about accepting whatever is going on, rather than trying to change it or ignore it.
Why should kids be mindful? When kids practice mindfulness, they focus on the present. It can help kids notice negative thoughts and shift their attention to what they’re doing or feeling right now. Practicing mindfulness can ease stress and anxiety.
What age should you start mindfulness? Being Mindful Every Day
“By around age 4 they are able to learn skills that they can utilize on their own,” said Ms. Greenland. To instill these habits in children, practice is key. Don’t make mindfulness something that is turned to only in times of stress.