By: Rachel Fowler, MS, LPC
Three simple ways to Practice Mindfulness with Children
Practicing mindfulness with children by taking simple Mindful Breaks can increase their ability to manage emotions. In our fast-paced world, it takes intentional effort to slow down and check in with ourselves. As adults, this can be difficult but now imagine a child trying to learn how to be mindful. Taking mindful breaks with children will help create the foundation for self-awareness and presence throughout the day. Mindfulness includes being aware of current emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations. Being present is challenging, and we truly experience our feelings without judgment. Learning how to be mindful takes practice and is not learned overnight. Below are three simple and fun games to play with your child to increase their ability to be mindful throughout the day.
Three Simple Ways to Practice Mindfulness with Children:
Balloon Belly Breathing: Imagine your belly is like a balloon. Inhale in, and notice how the balloon gets bigger as it inflates. Exhale out, and notice how the balloon gets smaller. In addition, if you want to make it a game, practice breathing techniques every time you both see a balloon.
Nature Gratitude: Take a break outside, and name three things in nature for which you are grateful. As you identify these things, send them a small token of your gratitude. For example, say “Thank you, little butterfly” or “I appreciate you, pretty flower.” Remember to have fun and be silly with your child. It is okay!
I Spy: Play a simple game of eye spy and get creative. You can identify objects with a specific color, shape, or texture. For example, say, “I spy something that looks fluffy, white and, in the sky,” or “I spy something tall, green and sturdy.” In another game version, you can identify and acknowledge your child’s strengths. For example, say, “I spy someone who worked hard and did their best on the math test”. Overall, this helps the child be present in the moment and acknowledge themselves and their effort.
Why is it important to take mindfulness breaks?
Taking simple mindful breaks with children will help build and strengthen their ability to manage the waves of emotions they feel. It is the building block for identifying, acknowledging, and expressing feelings without judgment. In addition, this gives you small moments throughout the day to connect with your child.
What can you do as a parent or guardian:
Mindfulness practices are a simple and easy way to support children in learning to stay present and identify their emotions and thoughts. Be creative. Be encouraging. Most importantly, be present with them.
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