Mindfulness for Children: Fun, Effective Ways to Strengthen Mind, Body, Spirit. Mindfulness has an extraordinary capacity to build a strong body, mind and spirit in ourselves as adults, as well as in our children.
Science has told us that it can help to protect against stress, anxiety, depression, illness and pain, ease the symptoms of autism and ADHD, improve academic performance and social relationships, as well as expand the capacity to experience positive emotions. Mindfulness is about stepping back and seeing thoughts and feelings come and go, without judgement, but with a relaxed mind, fully focussed on the present moment. Children are wonderfully present in what they do, but as life picks up speed, the capacity to experience that calm, strengthening stillness can become more difficult to access. The sooner we can encourage the little people in our lives towards mindfulness, the greater their capacity for mindful presence will be. BETLS in action. KidsMatter%20observation%20and%20reflection%20chart%20portrait 0. This child might be experiencing mental health difficulties … now what? Good mental health is vital for learning and life.
Just like physical health, it changes over time and according to different contexts. Research shows we can identify mental health problems in early childhood and being aware of and responding to early signs that may indicate a potential difficulty can make a difference. It can help ensure children receive the help they need before problems get worse. 13 kids books to spark conversations about empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
It’s what helps us connect to other humans, and what makes us better humans. You may be surprised to learn that empathy isn’t an inborn trait, but rather one that must be learned – preferably during early childhood. According to expert Michele Borba, author of Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, empathy is not something that is taught through lecturing. Instead, it’s something that must be woven in all aspects of life on a regular basis. Hair straighteners in the home corner. Is this what Froebel intended? - The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia's Blog.
In the course of my work I am often in a wide variety of early learning care and education services and I am generally in awe of the ways that Educators reflect in their curriculum designs, many of the founding theories and tenets that we hold to be true and are still reflected in contemporary practice everyday.
Recently however I have had my own biases about what constitutes enriching learning environments challenged by the addition of hair straighteners into the dramatic play environment, which I have now observed on three different occasions. Is this what Fredrick Froebel, the founder of the Kindergarten, intended when he encouraged Educators to use real and authentic tools? Early learning environments are reflective of philosophies, values and beliefs and these ultimately convey key messages to children and families. So what messages to the inclusion of these types of props into dramatic play spaces give? 8 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids We know mindfulness is good for us.
Mindfulness allows us to be present in our parenting, choosing a skillful response, instead of succumbing to our visceral reactions. Mindfulness is also good for our kids. There is an emerging body of research that indicates mindfulness can help children improve their abilities to pay attention, to calm down when they are upset and to make better decisions.