Teaching mindfulness to children
"Children learn more from what you are than from what you teach." - W.E.B. DuBois
Very young children are naturally mindful. They are guided by their innate curiosities to touch, feel, observe, smell, taste and listen to their worlds around them. Adults may actually learn more about mindfulness and being present from a 3 year-old than a 3 year-old may learn about mindfulness from an adult. However, engaging in activities that foster more mindful play and connection through routines is beneficial for both adult and child. Fostering a mindful relationship with young children provides more information on how adults can continue to grow a practice in mindfulness with the young children in their lives.
As children get older and they begin to think more abstractly. Practicing mindfulness with school-age children (to be posted soon) provides information and resources for the school-age child in your life.