Top Five Tools for Teaching Mindfulness to Kids
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I frequently get questions from parents, teachers, and other therapists wanting to know how they can get started teaching mindfulness to kids. That is a GREAT question because I think mindfulness is an excellent tool for helping children (and adults) navigate an increasingly busy world. The great news is that there are some really awesome resources available to make teaching these skills fun and easy.
Now, my top recommendation is going to be to do an in person training but I've included plenty of lower-cost, quick and easy suggestions as well. I hope you'll give at least one of them a try and let me know how it goes!
1. Attend a Training
I got started with some in person trainings, and to be totally honest, I wasn't even after the mindfulness component at the time! As a physical therapist I wanted some different ways to get kids moving their bodies using yoga. But, learning mindfulness through fun games at Yogapeutics in Austin, TX and with Childlight Yoga, was life changing for me. I would highly recommend courses with either of these two training programs. I've also heard great things about Radiant Child Yoga, Mindful Schools, and Little Flower Yoga.
2. Big Life Journal