Meditation isn’t just for parents, there are many benefits of having your kids get involved with meditation. Not only is this a new way to bond together, but it can help your kids feel more balanced in life.
Your kids may be surprised to learn that meditation can help them with a variety of issues including:
- finding their inner self
- lowering anxiety and depression levels
- boosting the immune system, which reduces sickness and promotes healthier habits.
So, how do you get kids involved in meditation with parents?
First, make it a family activity.
Research has shown that when children participate in activities with the whole family they are more likely to stay unbiased about things, develop good mental health habits and maintain healthy relationships. This also creates strong bonds between your kids and you.
Second, set an example for them.
It is one thing to tell your kids to say their prayers before they go to sleep at night, it is another thing for you to demonstrate this activity. Have your kids sit with you while you meditate, or sit close by and watch how you do it. They may not understand the words that are coming out of your mouth, but they will see the action and hopefully take note.
Third, pick a time that works best for your family.
Some parents find it easier to set aside the entire morning before the kids go to school, while others prefer to do a little meditation at bedtime once everyone else has gone to sleep. No matter what time you choose, ideally, you should try to stick to it as best you can.
Finally, set a good example for your kids.
If you want your children to embrace meditation then it is important that they see you doing the same. In other words, you have to live what you preach! This means being just as calm and relaxed as possible around your kids, even when circumstances are not ideal. This is especially important for parents who may be stressed out all of the time.
You will find that your children want to follow along with you on this journey into meditation, but first, you have to show them how it is done. If they see you doing something on a regular basis, there is a good chance they will follow suit.
So, now you know how to meditate with your kids. You can teach them all about meditation and help them develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.