A week ago, I met an old friend, Kanika, over a cup of coffee. Among many things discussed, it came out that Kanika was quite worried about her 6-year-old daughter, Nishi, who complains of stomach aches and feeling sick every morning so that she could miss her school.
While there could be other aspects of this situation such as Nishi might be facing bullying at school or it might be a case of stress and anxiety accompanying full-time school with Nishi still finding it difficult to deal with it. Bullying is serious and it requires immediate action on the parents and the school's part. However, it pays to strengthen the child's mind to deal with stress and anxiety (may or may not be resulting from bullying) with practicing mindfulness.
Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment. Trina Markusson, author of the children’s book, Good Morning, Sunshine! A Story of Mindfulness, says, “We have so many perfect moments we miss each day because we are stuck in thoughts that take us away from the present moment.'
The first step to help our children practice mindfulness is to practice it ourselves. Keeping a watch on our own thoughts to realise whether it is us, as parents, who are transmitting stress and anxiety to our children can be the starting point.
“Learning mindfulness isn’t like piano lessons, where you can have someone else teach it to your children,” said Susan Kaiser Greenland , a mindfulness instructor who works with children. “You have to learn it yourself.”
There are various ways to practice mindfulness along with your children -
Mindfulness activities for the children -
Also read: You Are Your Child’s First Teacher
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