For a lot of us, success in life starts with learning the right habits. And for parents, it’s essential to start children off on the right foot by teaching them good habits from an early age.
In fact, there’s one “habit” in particular that parents can pass on to their children – one that can help kids in many different ways, and that’s mindfulness.
Parents who introduce mindfulness to their kids can help them experience emotions, rather than react to them, and give them a way to identify their mental states before they become overwhelmed by them.
But children don’t necessarily practice mindfulness the same way adults do. We need to customize mindfulness for kids because they don’t always have the necessary attention span that certain mindfulness practices require.
Susan Kaiser Greenland, co-founder of Inner Kids, runs a program designed to teach children important mindfulness skills via classroom education, and her methods are tailored accordingly.
Susan’s Inner Kids program has been used in Los Angeles grade school classrooms, at a sleepaway camp in Singapore, and been adapted for multiple research studies. The program focuses on breath awareness, sensory awareness, and other simple tools that children can learn easily.
She’s also an expert on practical mindfulness exercises for kids and teens that any parent can use.
I got a chance to sit down with Susan, and we had an enlightening conversation. We covered a lot – including methods you can use to teach your own kids mindfulness.
Take a moment to check it out.
Programs like these could influence new generations to be more mindful, and the possibilities for how that could change our society are infinite.
Have you ever worked with a parent to help them introduce mindfulness to their children? Please share your experience in the comments below.