Keep calm and carry on. Do those words describe how most of your days go, while getting ready in the morning then picking up the kids from school? As parents, you may deal with multiple things at once, from sun up to sun down. And that’s the easy part!
Other than the self-help books about parenting, there really isn’t any manual for the hardest job in the world. Add the element of a hyperactive child plus the complexities of growing up, and the difficulty level for parenting increases.
Kids will test your patience. They will challenge your focus. They will demand a lot out of you.
The Ultimate Parenting Technique
It’s not a “manual,” but kid’s meditation could become a valuable tool in your arsenal as a parent. In its most basic purpose, meditation will help your kid be still and get quiet. Both are not only beneficial for the child but also for you, the parents. The practice will calm the mind and release physical tension.
Meditation can also control your kid’s impulsive actions. What this means for you as parents is, potentially, the end of telling your kid to stop jumping on the bed or hitting his younger siblings.
The techniques in meditation will allow your kid to focus so he can concentrate better on academics. That means he may get better test scores, have a better understanding of the lessons, and possibly have an easier time moving from one level to another. He may even improve performance with sports activities.
Your kid can even start meditating at an early age.
When the UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center introduced a meditation program for preschoolers, researchers discovered that the practice also improved memory. Meditation also helped the kids develop an ability to plan and organize.
Mind Over Fear
Meditation for kids doesn’t just increase focus, learning, and memory. It can also calm your kid’s mind when fear, anxieties, and self-esteem issues arise. For older kids, meditation can have a profound effect on depression, keeping negative emotions at bay. This leads to the development of better habits, better choices, and to a greater degree, improved happiness.
The emotional and spiritual benefits of meditation also, inevitably, translate to improved health. With the stability and balance offered by this ancient practice, your kid could sleep better—and best of all, enjoy his life more as a young person.
For best results, practice meditation with your kid. You’ll not only foster deeper connections but also improve patience and understanding as parents.