8 Ways to Raise a Mindful Child

By Karen Maezen Miller

Article from The Huffington Post


Parents are rightfully concerned about the capacity their children have to pay attention, express empathy and cope with the stresses that infiltrate their lives. Should we then coerce our children onto meditation cushions? Impose artificial silence, stillness or philosophical indoctrination? Before you do that, take a closer look.

Children are exemplars of the art of being. Wherever they are, they are completely immersed: in mud, in make believe, in laughter, in tears or in spaghetti sauce up to their eyeballs. Without a bit of self-consciousness, they lose themselves in what they are; they literally throw themselves away. This is the kind of losing in which mindfulness is found.

Without making a big deal about it, parents can gently encourage everyday actions that nourish and grow attention, empathy and self-care.

Mindful children grow up in mindful homes.

The mysterious art and skill of writing by hand is being pushed aside by the keyboard. Writing with paper and pencil takes time, practice and mind-body focus. Researchers now say writing by hand enhances learning, memory and ideation. Our children will all learn how to type, but will they still learn how to write? Take time now.

Illustrated children’s books have fallen out of favor as parents push children into early reading as a competitive outcome. Mindfulness is perception, and the rich visual content of picture books nourish the capacity to see, explore and relate to what appears in front of us.

When your children speak to you, turn your face toward them, meet their gaze and listen. Your own non-distracted attention is a wellspring for theirs. We cannot extract from our children what we fail to give.

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