You are probably reading this article on your mobile phone or computer – perhaps a friend shared it through social media or you did a google search for ‘teach children meditation’.
The irony is that we use social media and tech in our lives so much that we don’t notice how much it may be affecting our well being. This is true for our kids and teens too.
Is tech really that bad for kids?
Perhaps you remember the candy cigarettes we use to have as kids? You know the ones where we pretended (as kids) to smoke even though we knew it was candy. Interestingly the sales of these are now banned in the UK as society has realised, and has the research to prove, that smoking damages our health. But back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s this wasn’t the case. People thought of smoking as a slimming device or it was just regarded as a social habit. Now we know the truth.
I feel the same about phones and laptops for kids. At some point, as a society, we will realise we have allowed our children to access technology too early; children with screens attached to car seats or buggies…giving our kids our mobile phone to play with so they’ll be quiet.
It’s the 2nd (the previous one is ‘Jim and the Universe‘) and they are a perfect read to help introduce mindful awareness in a fictional way for kids who have big changes/struggles.
Eva is about a girl (I’m guessing 10) who always gets into trouble at school and then has a big life change where her father dies.
Jim is about a 12 year old boy starting high school and how he meets someone who helps him (mindfully) cope with the pressures.
Both books really touch on the importance of gratitude, energy and how children can bring self awareness to their lives more mindfully to achieve their potential and have more self compassion and self esteem.
I simply loved them and know (having read them to kids we have in our care) how they really like them too.
I hope you enjoy them!
(P.S. I’ve just posted ‘5 mindful tips for the summer holidays’ on our FB page and group)
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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!
So here are some tips and ideas to help you keep up your meditation practice and help your kids practise mindfulness during the summer break.
(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 →
It was so good I thought I would include it in my regular blog (see below).
But it got me thinking.
Dr Hanson talks about the importance of him learning meditation skills, especially to help him recover from the difficult times he had growing up – you know the regular growing pains most of us go through and the feeling of not fitting in or being quite good enough.
He talks about how mindfulness has helped fill the ‘hole in his heart’ that these experiences created. Continue reading →
The other week we caught the end of the TV show ‘Child Genius’ – where children with (usually) a high score on Mensa take part in a quiz to become the Child Genius for that year. These kids demonstrate an amazing array of skills – from their ability to remember facts to computing arithmetic sums at lightening speed. It was impressive.
What was not so impressive was watching the stress these children experienced. The emotions they were feeling were bubbling under the surface (some cried) and yet the parents seemed to focus on scores and winning. Continue reading →