Hello lovelies! I am so excited to share with you a tool I think is so important for moms, kids and families. This one tool has transformed our household. Kids just get it. You will be amazed at how quickly meditations transforms their emotions, their worries, their health!
Why Meditate With Kids?
Meditation is simply the act of focusing on one thing. And it’s a practice. Trust me, it’s hard for me so I can only imagine how hard it is for our kiddos. But they can do it! They can do hard things and it is such a beautiful thing. Meditating can help reduce anxiety, lengthen attention span and boost their self-esteem. All good things!
When to Meditate with Kids?
I like to start our day off with meditation. But meditation will look different for each and every family and child. Some families use it as part of their bedtime routine. The time of day isn’t as important as the practice and building of the habit. Kids will start to recognize how they feel after meditating and then they will be able to take those skills to the playground…literally. They will be able to find that focus, find that stillness and relax their mind body connection.
How to Meditate with Kids?
You guys. Meditating is hard! So often I will mentally go through my to-do list and suddenly I am not longer meditating. Keep in mind that meditating will look different for everyone! For some it’s placing your hand on your heart and breathing. For others it’s listening to calming music and clearing your mind.
Today I am sharing a page straight out of my course Simply Kids – Self Love. This printable download is a great way to visualize breathing. If breathing is all you have in your tank today. No problem, I’ve got you!
Here are some tips for meditating with kids.
- Calming music to focus on.
- Let them light a candle or turn on a salt lamp.
- Start with a time of day that is already calm. Morning or night time routines.
- Be there with them (lead by example) and then let them explore it on their own.
- Use guided meditations. I have lost count of the number of moms who have tried meditating with their kids, guiding them. And then they use my guided meditations for kids and teens and all of a sudden it clicks for them. It’s the classic, kids will listen to someone other than mom.
- Good better best. Remember something is better than nothing. Maybe they just listen to a guided meditations while coloring (keep those little hands busy – they are still listening). Next time try to have them sit on a pillow AND listen. And once they get the hang of it maybe add music, candles, lighting. And take each day one at a time. You are doing the right thing!
- Let them be kids. Stillness will come with practice and in the meantime, let wiggle, giggle, and make it relatable.
Always remember it’s a practice. It will take time. Please please please do not say you’ve failed when they won’t sit still and won’t listen after one try. They will. Keep going and when they are ready they will join you. Hug those babies and enjoy this connection!
Light and love,