Kids are often very inquisitive, curious, and ACTIVE! However, at times, many kids can also be very impulsive, judgmental, and distracted....which can present challenges in school, at home, and with peers. Social-emotional skills can take years to fully develop. The skills gained from mindfulness training build the foundation for all other learning and, some say, are a strong determining factor in one's future happiness, success, and over all well-being.
Establishing a Mindfulness Practice at a young age can help to build a solid social-emotional foundation:
. Self-management skills (self-regulation, self-awareness, body awareness)
. Coping strategies (maintain emotional balance)
. Resiliency (perseverance, growth mindset)
. Compassion for self and others (kindness practices)
. Attention/focus skills (managing our busy minds, staying in the zone)
Establishing a Mindfulness Practice can also teach kids healthy habits of mind and body:
. Taking care of ourselves (physically, mentally)
. Eating healthy (slowing down, experience eating, awareness of food choices, hydration)
. Sleeping (recharging our bodies and minds)
. Listening to our body's signals, before injury or accident (intuition)
. Tuning-in more to our Inner Coach and less to our Inner Critic
Kids can learn and develop a mindfulness practice:
. In group classes with family/friends
. In private/coaching sessions
. With the Mindful Mini-Breaks Video Series for Kids in Grades 3-5 (see below)
See this Mindfulness Video by Julie Bayer Salzman. Kids explain what they've learned from their mindfulness class and how it helps them manage their emotions.
Mindful Mini-Breaks Videos were created to introduce youth to Mindfulness through brief, fun and engaging practice activities. Kids can watch the videos with a parent and re-watch them as often as they'd like to grow their mindfulness skills. The package consists of 16 Short Lessons (5-10 min each): They are divided into 4 groups with 4 lessons in each group. Each group can be purchased separately ($25 each) or all 4 groups (16 lessons) together ($90). *See a sample Kid's video on the Program Page
Mindful Body & Anchor Breaths
Our Internal Weather Report, Patience and Finding Balance
My Puppy Mind, Mindful Listening and Mindful Movement
Resiliency, Heartfulness and Mindful Eating
Email Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries or to purchase the videos. Videos are in Google Drive and will be sent to you, once purchased.