We frequently ask children to calm down. But are we teaching them how?
We ask children to pay attention. But are we having them practice paying attention, so they can improve?
We ask them to focus. Are we helping them develop this critical skill?
And we want them to be able to control themselves. But are we teaching them the self-awareness that’s the foundation for self-regulation?
This is why teaching mindfulness to children is so important. Research shows that mindfulness has huge benefits in each of these areas.
Anyone can do it—you don’t need to be “specially trained.” Just remember the three ESSENTIAL elements: keep it short, kid-friendly, and consistent!
Watch my TEDx talk for more on the incredible benefits of teaching mindfulness to kids, plus ideas and inspiration!