It is said that a child’s personality is significantly developed by age five. Scientists can show that by the time children begin school, they already exhibit the personality traits that will remain with them throughout their lives. Therefore, the initial years in a child’s life are crucial in developing strong social and emotional skills. Mindfulness provides these essential skills and enables your child to perform at their fullest potential.
Today’s children face all kinds of challenges that threaten to derail them from different pressures at school to challenging home lives. Unless they are given the means to cope, their feelings of sadness, fear and anger can easily spill over in their homes – and into society.
Mindfulness addresses these issues and empowers children with life skills by:
- improving children’s self-control and self-regulation skills
- strengthening children’s resiliency and decision making
- developing children’s positive social and emotional skills, such as empathy, compassion, patience and generosity
- building stronger communication skills
- enhancing self-esteem
- bolstering children’s enthusiasm for learning
- increasing children’s’ academic success
- reducing peer-to-peer conflict and developing interpersonal skills
- diminishing stress, anxiety and hostility
- enhancing creativity and freeing the mind to produce less routinized thoughts
Mindfulness enhances total well-being by making our children happy, strong and balanced, helping infuse our home environment with joy and optimism.
Often, the focus of our education system is on competitive performance, with little emphasis on social and emotional learning. It is essential that parents help fulfill this gap by watering the seed of mindfulness in their children and mindful parenting.