Mindfulness is our ability to be fully present and in the moment. It encourages us to be intensely aware of what we are doing, feeling, and sensing, but without judgment.
Mindfulness practices can be beneficial for parent and child alike. Research has shown that regular practice of mindfulness has the following benefits.
- Support emotional self-regulation
- Provide a buffer against feelings of depression and anxiety
- Improve working memory
- Increase the focus on individual strengths
- Help build resilience and address feelings of stress
Blissful Kids: Mindfulness Made Playful and Sustainable
10 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids
Mindfulness for Children from the New York Times
Books and Other Materials
Ultimate Mindfulness Activity Book: 150 Playful Mindfulness Activities for Kids and Teens (and Grown-Ups too!)
The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate
Self-Regulation and Mindfulness: Over 82 Exercises & Worksheets for Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD & Autism Spectrum Disorder
Mindful Games: Sharing Mindfulness and Meditation with Children, Teens, and Families
Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere
Mindfulness for Kids with ADHD: Skills to Help Children Focus, Succeed in School, and Make Friends
Mindfulness for Kids: 30 Fun Activities to Stay Calm, Happy, and In Control
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness
Sitting Still Like a Frog Activity Book: 75 Mindfulness Games for Kids
Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents)
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