The state of being aware and conscious of something is called mindfulness. For kids this can be a really big word and instead “awareness” can be used. It enables us to be present in the situation and respond with good focus. Mindfulness in a kid helps him to channel his focus and attention to the thing he is doing. It stops him from getting distracted by inner thoughts and outer distractions. Mindfulness in kids means more like the alignment of mind and soul to pursue or overtake a task or just an activity. A child with mindfulness achieved, is better at almost everything, controlling desires and valuing resources and most of all, being aware of his surroundings which make him more adaptable to different circumstances. The alignment of body and mind is very necessary for an effective growth in kids.
Jo Howarth who is the author of the book, Glad to be Dan, says “Mindfulness has the power to teach us many things but most importantly it teaches us how to turn towards difficult emotions, instead of ignoring them”. The book helps to kids to be happy mindfully.
Puzzle games with something meaningful and noteworthy as an outcome will count as a mindfulness activity. The indulgence in the activity with whole heartiness and no lack of focus builds a wall of patience and positivity inside a kid. Stories, games, activities and visual presentations are some other techniques that can help your kid achieve mindfulness.
Through this exercise, the kids will learn to place their anchor of thoughts on any one specific point which is basically called as the focus.
This exercise can be done with breathing also instead of music. Here the kids focus on the breathing instead of the music. They soul and the body gets a good connection through this achieving the result of mindfulness.
Dave Hadley who works at King David High School, Liverpool says
“Yes, I teach my kids mindfulness. However, some kids find relaxing and breathing slowly very difficult. Out of 30 there are usually 3 or 4 who can’t keep up with exercises and disturb others.”
The first exercise done in the house teaches you to put your mental anchor on something specific. The second exercise teaches you to focus on things coming your way and be conscious about it. The third exercise makes them focus on actions instead of senses. The three simple exercise helps in achieving mindfulness in kids to a good extent.