It may be ideal for bed time or to help kids simply relax. It may help with bullying too.
Helping children sleep with meditation
We’ve just announced our next online talk taking place on Monday 11th February at 8pm (live and recorded). Lorraine Murray, founder and author of Connected Kids, will give tips and ideas to use meditation to help kids sleep (and get up for school!)
There are limited places.
Mindfulness Kids Peace Summit
The founder of Wuf Shanti, 14-year old Adam Avin, has rounded up some amazing people who share their practices, techniques and tools in mindfulness for kids.
This summit will support ideas for kids ages 11 to 16.
- Connected Kids level 1 course – online or in-class) (This is the gateway to our professional level)
- Books – Calm Kids (beginners) or Connected Kids (working with special needs/anxiety).
- Meditation CDs for children/teens >>>
- Mindfulness Course for adults >>>
Do you need to meditate to teach kids meditation?
We often have people who attend our connected kids courses without trying (or have little experience of) mindfulness and meditation. We don’t discriminate anyone in this situation who wants to learn how to teach kids meditation.
But teaching kids meditation and learning for your own well being, goes hand in hand.
We have a wonderful mindfulness online course that helps beginners (adults) learn meditation or can enhance your meditation skills if you have some experience.
In the meantime here is a wonderful introduction by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. and a strong advocate for mindfulness in our society. He talks about the non-judging attitude for mindfulness.
Learn meditation – for you and your kids
If you want some creative inspiration you can listen to one of our Meditation CDs for children/teens >>>
A simple meditation idea to teach 5-year old kids (inspired by my Goddaughter – Libby!)
How to teach kids of all ages how to meditate
How mindfulness helps you ‘see’ your kids and teens
I was inspired to write this after reading a blog from NY psychotherapist, Katherine Schafler, about the 4 unconscious questions a person asks themselves. The one that connected with me the most was about ‘being seen’.
As a child I grew up in a culture where ‘children should be seen and not heard’. This attitude may have been exclusive to the Victorian/Scottish parenting style at the time, but as an adult, it has left me with lots of thoughts and feelings to work through and process – sometimes with the help of a therapist or my meditation practice.
I am also a foster carer and one of the key things I’ve learned is that ‘being seen’ is essential in order to have a connection with the children we care for.
I believe that my mindfulness skills, my personal meditation practice and my ability to introduce a ‘teaching meditation’ to the kids we care for in a way that meets their needs and abilities (and interests) has helped us start to build a an emotional and mental bridge between the world and kids in our care so that they can connect to the world around them in a more kind, loving and caring way.
Mindfulness and the holidays
The summer holidays can be a long time to spend with your kids.
You love them but your whole routine can change and even though holidays are meant to be enjoyable, they can be a little bit stressful too!
(Photo courtesy of Jennifer Furtney Miller – “Here is my 5 year old son meditating in the pool. Trying to compose himself during a conflict with his 7 year old sister. We love this photo. He often joins us at 6am to meditate too. Namaste.”) Continue reading
Is your compassion tank feeling a bit depleted?
If you really want to teach kids (yours or others) how to practise meditation but your self-compassion tank is a bit empty, then it’s time to refuel!
Enjoy our blog on 4 simple self-compassion tips on how to do this!
Interview with Author, Parenting Expert and Neuroscientist – Dr Dan Siegel
Dr Siegel is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He has a range of books dedicated to helping parents and non-parents to support children through their developing years.
Yoga and Mindful Activities for Anger in Kids
We are delighted to share some words of wisdom written by one of our Connected Kids Tutors, Yvonne Payne.
Yvonne had been telling us about 2 different sessions that were creative and inspirational so we asked her to share this direct experience with you. We hope you find it useful.
“I’ve been working with two boys – each on a 121 basis. The journey so far has helped me change my approach to yoga and meditation – helping me to teach in an intuitive way.
Here’s an insight into their background.” Continue reading
Book Review – ‘the Whole-Brain Child – Dr Dan Siegel’
Enjoy my review of this fabulous book about child development; how to help them process difficult feelings and thoughts. Learn why I think it offers some practical tips on how to cope with difficult behaviours. Continue reading