The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing - Jon Kabat-Zinn
Parents oftentimes ask me, “What one thing can I do with my child to help him or her?” and I oftentimes reply, “Add a mindfulness practice into your daily life.” One simple mindfulness practice done consistently with your children can help them calm and connect to their inner peace. The place within that isn’t chaotic and troubled by the latest text, bully at school or mean comment from their sibling. So whether it’s a gratitude bedtime practice, deep breathing (one hand on stomach, one on heart) or use of mindfulness apps, most children can learn to pay attention and bring themselves back to a calm place even in the midst of a challenge.
So to help in this process, I’m going to share 5 Mindfulness Apps, which can help you and your children begin a practice of mindfulness (and healthy use of technology too).
Mindfulness Apps for Children
Raising Mindfulness: One Breath at a Time
Children need more than ever to learn how to calm and re-center themselves in this world full of opportunities to get off-balance. Whether they’re having difficulty with a “mean girl or boy” at school or recovering from a natural disaster such as many of my Santa Barbara clients, the world is constantly providing us lessons, which we can use to remember that inside of us is everything we need including the ability to get calm and begin again.
Maureen Healy is a popular speaker, emotional coach and leader in the world of children’s social and emotional learning. Her book, Growing Happy Kids, has won multiple awards and her new book, Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child, hits the shelves in the Fall, 2018.