We all know how well mindfulness can improve our relationships, inform our decisions and enhance our lives. With a focus on the present, acceptance and understanding, mindfulness has a huge amount to offer the smallest members of the family.
The Mindful Parent
How many times have you tried being mindful when interacting with your children? All the time or only when a situation gets challenging? Mindfulness might be an excellent technique for heading off a tantrum in the supermarket, but using it in every type of situation takes practice and commitment.
Taking time to be mindfully present with your children can be difficult, especially if you travel for work or they live with an ex-spouse. Mindful parents advocate making time each day to be together, whether that’s by phone or in person makes no odds. The fact that you dedicated time to them, that you listened without judgment and gave them your full attention, strengthens your bond. It makes dealing with stressful situations that much easier and lets your children know that you are completely there for them.
The Mindful Child
There are lots of games you can play with children to teach them the benefits of mindfulness. Believe it or not, a game of ‘I Spy’ in the park or garden can be an excellent way to help young children focus on what is around them. Keep the environment calm and centred to help them get the most from the experience.
Acceptance is another fantastic aspect to mindfulness that children can really benefit from learning. Gratitude is a great gateway for explaining the concept of acceptance to young children. Teach them to be grateful for everything they have in their lives; love, toys, friends, and family. Helping them to accept abundance, rather than deficiency, is the best way to provide for them throughout their lives.
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