Teaching Mindfulness to Children


MommyZen, Marianne Clyde’s first video podcast with Alfred James, author of the book Pocket Mindfulness, in which he educates his readers about  understanding, cultivating and manifesting mindfulness on a daily basis.  Alfred shares his powerful, clear and pragmatic message about teaching children to be mindful in their everyday lives.   It’s important for kids to be mindful in order to connect with themselves and nature, and to consider how others think and feel. 

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Affirmation – When I am calm, everything around me becomes manageable.

Being mindful teaches kids how to be empathetic – how to feel what others are feeling.  Many people don’t have this.   In order to cultivate mindfulness and nurture awareness in your children, you can:

  1. Connect with nature.  Try building a bug house or vegetable garden in your yard.  Kids are fascinated by watching nature in action.  This is also a great way to engage kids with the outdoors.
  2. Identify people around you that need some help, particularly those in your own community or neighborhood.  Bake a cake for your elderly neighbor or for the single mom, offer to watch the children.

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