In This Chapter
Introducing children and teens to mindfulness
Discovering mindful games and exercises
Exploring mindful parenting
Once you’ve begun to develop your own mindfulness practice, you can consider how to coach your children in mindfulness too. Mindfulness can help children to become calmer and more focused. Mindfulness is a very natural process that children can practise from a young age. In this chapter you can find lots of fun exercises to train your child or teenager in mindfulness, as well as some mindful parenting tips to help keep your family smiling in the challenging but rewarding art of bringing up children.
Young children are naturally experts at mindfulness. Babies are like mini Zen masters! Since they haven’t learnt language, they see things as they are. A set of keys, a light bulb, or the eyes of another human being are awe-inspiring for them. All actions they take are spontaneous. One moment they can be crying, and the next moment they completely let go of the past and laugh. They eat when they’re hungry, sleep when they’re tired, and walk when they want to walk. ...