Welcome to the sixth day of 7 Everyday Practices For Mindful Moms.
Being mindful is about focusing on whatever is happening moment-by-moment without being judgmental. In mindfulness meditation, you actively choose to control where your mind goes. It’s simply focus on the present and not worrying about the past or dreaming about the future.
Are your kids hyperactive? Do you love to have your children be happy always and enjoy life? Have you ever imagined that your children may also suffer from stress? Then it’s our responsibility to cultivate mindfulness in children.
You can create a more compassionate and loving family by being mindful with your Kids. The kids will be more cooperative with you if they are being taught in the right way. You wish that your kids to be more closer to you. But it’s not in reality. Then follow this simple trick. Designate 7 – 9 pm on one day of the week as Happy Hours – no fights, no complaints, no negatives, no homework. This happy hours may bring your kids much closer to you than you expect.
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Day 6 – Be Mindful With Kids
Here’s how you can help the kids to start their mindfulness journey, make them feel better, reduce their stress, and help them enjoy their life a little more. Mindfulness should be introduced to them in a fun, joyful and playful way. It should not be forced at any time. Try to use games and activities.
Time Needed: 10 to 15 minutes.
Frequency: Everyday or thrice in a week.
- Mindful Listening
I used to spend nearly 10 minutes of distraction free talk with my son when he returns from his school. This makes our bonding much stronger. Also I could understand his day and emotions clearly through this. It makes esay for me to help him in any of his problems during the day.
Simple Steps For Mindful Listening
- Welcome your Kids home. After refreshing, sit comfortably for chit-chat.
- Postpone all your works for 10 minutes.
- Talk with your kids about their day. Be fully present in the moment while listening to your kid. Be present with their talks.
- Encourage your kids by asking questions, laughing at their funny moments, show your love by caring gestures.
- Try to avoid any sort of distractions like mobile calls, TV and house chores.
- The chit-chat can be accompanied with favorite snacks and bites.
- Have the full attention of yours and your kids on the discussion.
- Notice the span of your mindful listening everyday.
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When kids are not doing mindful reading, then they lack concentration. They get bored. They will get more distracted. So let us explore the ways to introduce Mindful Reading into your kids.
Simple Steps For Mindful Reading
- Sit comfortably with your kids and the books to read.
- Before they read, think about them what they already know about the topic. Also ask them to look for two words that might be challenging. Ask them to underline those words or highlight them.
- Ask them to read the passage silently. If they finish reading, ask them to write a sentence telling the main idea of the passage on their notebook.
- Also make them write down a few words or phrases that focus on the main topic.
- Read the passage aloud for your kids and ask them to follow along with you silently.
- Discuss with them, “What is one thing you understand from this reading?”. Ask them to write it on their notebook.
- Now read the passage one more time. You stop the reading after one minute and tell kids to circle or highlight on the last word they read before you stop reading.
- Ask them to write a question on their notebook that they would like to ask the author.
- Practice these steps while reading every time to develop mindful reading.
3. Bedtime Story Telling
Do you have the habit of telling bedtime stories to your kids??? Mithu till at his age of 12 loved to hear bedtime stories of all kinds.
Telling bedtime stories are quiet moment between you and your children that leads to sharing, engaging and promoting peaceful rest.
Really story telling is an art and story teller is an artist. When told right, a story has the power to magically inculcate children with not only morals but bring them face to face with their culture and heritage as well.
4. Mindful Art and Drawing
Kids will feel more present during the act of creating mindful arts and drawings. These art activities require unique focus, and concentration. The act of creating can be very relaxing and calming.
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Practice mindfulness with your kids and let us meet tomorrow. Until then repeat this with your kids…..
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What do you love the most in today’s post??? What is your positive affirmation to cultivate mindful kids??? Please share with us ….. 🙂 🙂 🙂
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