Meditation For Children
Help your child regulate their emotions, increase their attention and get better sleep
Meditation creates change in the brain that corresponds to less reactivity. With regular meditation, practice children develop the ability to stay engaged in tasked even when feeling highly emotional.
At its core meditation is all about developing the ability to return your attention to where you’re trying to direct it. This helps children learn to stay focused on tasks that require extensive levels of concentration.
Mindfulness helps children become more aware of their own emotions, and by doing so, they gain a better understanding of the people around them. This leads to them to develop their ability in showing compassion and kindness.pment of these symptoms, even while the neurological systems that govern these stress symptoms
A short evening meditation can be the perfect way to calm a child down and prepare them for bed. By helping them relax, and self soothe, you will see a vast improvement in sleeping patterns.
Guided meditation for children is the perfect way to to help kids find calm, stay present and maintain high levels of self-confidence.
These meditations are designed to help children regulate their negative emotions so they can develop good habits, bringing about feelings of happiness and wellbeing.
These special, gentle meditations have been made especially for children. Our fantastic teacher, Nadine will talk them through simple exercises leading to self acceptance and how to be kind to oneself.
She’ll also teach them a series of exercises that they can practice themselves when they need to calm down, or if they’re facing ‘change’ – be it at school, home, friendships or anywhere else.
Through learning simple breathing techniques, imaginative visualisation and body scans your children will learn to self-soothe and relax.
Meditation for kids perfect for when they need to unwind and prepare for sleep.
This guided meditation for children course includes
Nadine began practising mindfulness after battling with anxiety, panic attacks, lack of sleep, and isolation all while dealing with becoming a new mother.
She knows that finding calm and tranquillity is vital in this hectic world. With MindEasy she has created guided meditations, bedtime stories and this meditation for children course to help develop imagination, creating connection and bringing about self-understanding that are all vital parts of growing up.
She approaches teaching with humour and passion and has created this meditation for kids course to help both children and their parent find calm and peace.
Does meditation for children work?
Children are the perfect participants for mindfulness practice. The habits formed now carry over into adult life, and with meditation, we have the chance to gift them with the habit of being kind, happy and accepting.
Also, Children’s developing brains are uniquely suited for mindfulness practice. Connections in the prefrontal circuits get created at a faster rate in children. Focus and cognitive ability are skills controlled by the prefrontal cortex that meditation practice actively promotes. Development in this part of the brain also include patience, judgment and self-regulation.
Research done by Berkeley university about the effects of mindfulness on children reports increase in empathy, perspective-taking, emotional control and optimism.
Is meditation right for my child?
Children have a natural aptitude to meditation. Due to their incredible imaginations and freedom of thought, they find it incredibly easy to be in the present moment and let go of external thoughts and pressures.
Teaching meditation at an early age encourages them to build on these traits and nurtures their developing minds.
These sessions are perfect for young children aged 3-11 and can be used at any time. Meditation for kids can be practised when your children are upset, need a little bit of space to calm down or when they are getting ready to go to bed.
Frequently Asked Questions
How should children meditate?
Children should start with easy to understand short meditations. Child-friendly meditations often use engaging visuals to help keep your child focused – the perfect way to unwind after a long day learning, growing and playing!
How do I teach my child to meditate?
To teach a child mindfulness, just try to guide them to connect with what they are doing. For example, when their walking barefoot, ask them to describe the sensation they feel on their feet or when they are eating, get them to describe the texture of their food.
Simple guided meditations can also help guide them to connect with their body or emotions.
How long should children meditate when beginning?
Children can have short attention spans, so its best to start short and easy. If the meditation is planned for the beginning of the day then around 10 - 15 minutes is perfect. If the aim of the meditation is to help your child sleep then it can be longer.
What are the effects of meditation on children?
While a regular mindfulness practice is unfortunately unlikely to eliminate all supermarket aisle toddler tantrums, it can go a long way towards helping children address how they’re feeling, and it also paves the way for emotional stability later in life.
How should children meditate before bed?
Introducing children to meditation can be difficult, but persistence is key. Ensure you choose a voice they like hearing, and allow them some say in their choice of story. Make a night time meditation a family affair if it’s easier, as your child may feel more comfortable and safe knowing that you are meditating alongside them.