A student asked me recently how to teach mindfulness to her daughter... I found this nice infographics and read this sentence "it starts with us", meaning that we, as parents, shall adopt it first!
"By now you'll have heard about the many benefits of practicing mindfulness.
Defined as a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique -- mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety and even minimise inflammation and prevent disease.
So when should a person start practising mindfulness -- what is the right age to get started?
The answer is it's never too young to get started! Mindfulness in kids can boost mood and self-esteem, encourage positive behavior, aid academic learning, reduce anxiety and help with conflict resolution.
While it's not very realistic to expect a child to sit still for a 30-minute mediation session, there are nifty ways to include mindfulness seamlessly into children's routines."