MINDFULNESS FOR KIDS
Mindfulness as a ‘Preventive Measure’ for your child
Cultivating Mindful Habits
Practicing mindfulness and meditation benefit children, teens, and the entire family. It’s amazing how we can bring positive change with little steps. Simple and short mindfulness practice, when repeated, has tremendous power to change our lives for the better. To build this positive change, let us explore how our brain works. Neuroscience has shown that our brain rewires itself with every experience we encounter. This process is called neuroplasticity.
When we practice doing something, the more connected are the neurons in our brain; the more we practice the stronger the connections and the faster the messages travel and more automatic they become. This is how habits are created.
Practicing mindfulness is like building up muscle in our brain, the more your child exercises it, the stronger it becomes. It strengthens their brain like mental push-ups. Mindfulness is both scientifically and experientially proven. When your child has sustained their practice for some time, they will likely practice on their own, especially when they notice the benefit. The cool thing is that they will become calmer and less irritable as they now are more aware of their feelings and mental states. They become less stressed when their buttons are pushed. As children continue to get comfortable with the practice, they will eventually learn to apply the techniques and skills into their routine and use them to deal with difficult situations.
As a mother of two, I find mindfulness is an important aspect of our lives and as a practitioner myself, mindfulness has proven in my own experience as a foundation skill I can give to my child to de-stress, navigate difficult emotions, be less reactive, more focus, and ultimately nurture kindness and compassion.
The good news is that you can do that too, with mindfulness practice, you can nurture those skills to cultivate mindful children and provide them with a life-long skill to face challenges ahead of them.
Cultivating Mindful Habits Kids Programs & Classes
These unique programs integrate the art and science of mindfulness and meditation. Your child will learn to develop mindfulness as they learn to experience the connection between their body and mind. Programs are crafted to include the important aspects of mindfulness and meditation where we engage in a child’s senses: sight (vision), hearing (audition), taste (gustation), smell (olfaction) and touch (sensation).
With the active engagement of their senses, your child will explore how these senses affect their thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. They will learn to relate to their senses and ultimately, they will know how they can bring this life-long skill to help them in school, at home or anywhere. All programs include short video clips, worksheets, mindfulness activities, and guided meditations.
Module 1: Introduction to Mindfulness
Module 2: Sensory Awareness & Breathing Techniques
Module 3: Understanding Thoughts & Emotional Intelligence
Module 4: Exploring Worrying Thoughts & Emotions
These programs are catered to children from 8 to 12 years. I offer a private 1:1 session for your child.
CMH-Kids Private Program
8 Sessions/module @ 45 mins / session
Worksheets and assignments
Private sessions allow your child to be open and speak freely. They can ask as many questions as they wish and I will guide them through any challenges they may have. Sessions are done virtually in the comfort of your own home via Zoom video call. Face-to-face sessions can be arranged for Dunedin’s residents.