Children need to be taught how to practice mindfulness.

One of the best of ways teaching and learning mindfulness is by engaging the here and now together, using different techniques.

These moments don’t need to be long or complicated. Start simple, and work your way up. Remember to make it enjoyable and not a chore or punishment. You want your child to want to come back for more.

Here are 10 simple steps for you and your child to have a mindful moment.

  1. Create a safe, quiet space and time.
  2. Get comfy, either sitting or lying down in a comfortable position.
  3. Take the lead and role model being focused and still. And then gently talking each other through the experience.
  4. Start by taking a few deep breaths in and out.
  5. Talk through the idea of focusing all your attention on breathing in and out.
  6. Place your hands on your chests, and focus your attention on the rise and fall of your chests.
  7. Then direct your focus to your heart beats. Paying special attention to what you notice.
  8. Don’t expect to stay focused all the time or for too long.
  9. Remind yourselves, that when your mind wanders to other distractions, you can gently bring it back into focus.
  10. Praise any attempt to be still and present (no matter how short or quiet).