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The Simple Joy of Being Present: Mindfulness activities you can do with your kids

Dec 06, 2023

How are you today? I mean, really – how are you? If you had to pause to think about it, it might be a sign that you need a moment of mindfulness. Yep, in between chauffeuring the kiddos to soccer practice and cooking that Pinterest inspired dinner, that didn’t quite turn out as expected (hey, it’s the effort that counts), we all need a breather.

Now, what if I told you that mindfulness doesn’t have to be this big, grand, quiet event? You can actually practice it with your kids! Read on, trust me, this is as cool as it sounds.

Mindfulness: What’s all the fuss about?

Mindfulness is not just a buzzword; it’s a practical skill. In short, mindfulness is being present, taking in the here and now without judgement. It’s not about clearing your mind; it’s about focusing your mind. And this, dear friends, is a skill we and our kids desperately need in today’s hustle culture.

The Benefits are Real

  • Decreased Stress: Mindfulness lowers stress by promoting relaxation.
  • Enhances Emotional Regulation: Being present helps you and your kids manage emotions.
  • Quality Time: Practicing mindfulness with your kids is a wonderful way to spend quality, undistracted time together.

3 Quick Mindfulness Activities to do With Your Kids

  1.  Mindful Breathing

Tell your kids to imagine their belly is a balloon. As they breathe in, the balloon inflates; as they breathe out, it deflates. This is a fun and easy way to introduce them to mindful breathing.

  1.  Nature Walk

Take a walk outside. It could be a park or just around the block. Have everyone pay attention to what they can see, hear, smell and feel.

  1.  The Chocolate Meditation

Have your child slowly eat a piece of chocolate, savouring each bite and texture. This is not only fun but also teaches them to appreciate simple joys.

Your Reflection Corner

When was the last time you were truly present with your kids? How did that feel compared to times when you were distracted?

Which of these activities could fit easily into your family routine? How can you make it a regular practice?

Taking Mindfulness Beyond Activities

It’s not just about these activities; it’s about applying mindfulness to your everyday life. It can be as simple as mindfully listening when your child tells you about their day or taking three deep breaths together before bedtime.

So next time you’re lost in the whirlwind of parenting, remember this: The most precious gift we can give our children, and ourselves, is the gift of our full presence.

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Till next time, stay mindful!


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