Mindfulness has a profound impact on children with the potential to set the stage for life success in extraordinary ways.
By practicing mindfulness, kids learn to understand their own cause and effect, which informs them about their reactions to things and better understand themselves. This heightened sense of awareness also helps them understand the behaviors of those around them, which results in improved relationships.
And it gets better. As they are learning about themselves and what makes them tick, they are focused. Their senses are sharpened. They are aware. The collective result of practicing mindfulness is:
- improved focus
- better interactions
- deeper understanding
- improved behavior
- less stress
- less conflict
- less fear
Kids navigate stressful situations better, like taking tests or competing in sports. Their senses are sharpened, their sensitivity to their own surroundings are heightened. They are more resilient.
The positive impact that mindfulness has on focus and self-awareness improves the experience and growth the children have in their early childhood experiences. In fact, mindfulness is so powerful that it can actually offset the negative impacts of stress.
Mindfulness is a life skill that has so many benefits that the sooner we incorporate it into our lives, the better. Children have open minds. They are not yet set in their ways. So we can help them learn healthy habits and guide them toward practicing behaviors that will serve them later as they navigate their lives. By helping kids focus, we help them develop life skills.