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Ways to teach mindfulness to your children during the lockdown

Ways to teach mindfulness to your children during the lockdown

4 May, 2020

The lockdown is a difficult time as a parent. You are trying to maintain a routine for yourself and for your child, you are struggling with keeping their studies going; keeping them productively engaged through activities, worksheets and online videos; you are trying to get your child to learn to be independent, yet are available to help them out. It’s exhausting, we know, and that is why we are telling you this – teach your child to be mindful. This way they will be more present and attentive. They will absorb knowledge better and be aware of the help required around the house. Thriive expert, Pooja Gupta, a Children’s Counsellor, says, “Teaching mindfulness to children early on has many benefits. A mindful child is empathetic, aware, and more ready to learn – not just academically, but spiritually.”

Here are ways you can help your child be more mindful.

  • The 3-minute hug: Children, by nature, need to experience physical closeness and warmth. It makes them feel secure and loved. Hugs are a great way of bonding with your child, and can also be a way of teaching your child to be mindful, especially children who are spirited and can’t be held down. Hug your child for full 3 minutes and ask them to just quietly focus on the hug. Ask them to pay attention to how and what they feel – physically and internally. Later ask them to list out their feelings. Help them describe the hug with words like ‘warm’ ‘loving’ ‘close, etc.
  • Stop and be aware: Young children just don’t stop. It’s difficult for a child to be pinned to one place. Their minds are busy, hence their bodies are too. What you should do is ask them to stop and simply observe their surrounding. Ask them to focus on the sounds and lights. Do this preferably near a window, where they can observe things.
  • Move, stretch and observe: Children love jumping, doing summersaults, splitting and climbing. Ask them to do these activities more mindfully. Ask them to stretch their arms and focus on how it feels. Repeat this for all their limbs, neck, back. etc.
  • Use your body: is your child very hasty? Most children are. They won’t completely listen to what you are telling them before rushing off. One thing that has helped me is giving very clear instructions – Can you use both your hands to pick up that bottle? Can you please take these plates to the dining table and watch your feet while walking? Such instructions make them aware of what they are doing and that they should use their bodies effectively.

Parenting does not come with a set of instructions, and its natural to feel the need of needing help from time to time. If you wish to connect with a children’s counsellor, CLICK HERE.

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