The WHO (World Health Organisation) is officially saying that we need 9 hours of sleep per night, not 8 hours like we initially thought.

Why? Because of all the “screen time” (computers, phones, ipads, ipods) we are now being exposed to. We are being literally over-dosed with technology.

If we are being stimulated so much then how do we counter-balance with mindfulness and stillness?

We all know we are in a modern world which comes with many upsides like our technology advances and many downsides like stress, rushed activity and EMF (electro-magnetic frequency) surrounding us all of the time.

We weigh up the dangers of our lifestyle every day and make decisions that we feel is going to be best for our family and children. That’s totally cool, but are we doing enough to really teach children about presence, visualisation, focus and mindfulness? Are we giving these little souls real life coping skills?

As adults in business and at home, we know the value of meditation, stopping to smell the roses, time out and general wellness. Even Google is now hiring a new role called “Head of Global Wellness”!

In the adult world we realise the power of mindfulness and meditation to be powerful and vital. We all strive to build a stronger meditation practice and many of us learn tools to cope emotionally and feel better in times of stress.

But, are we teaching our kids from a young age to be mindful and to master this skill?

We rush them to swimming, tennis, after school programs and so on. The parent that teaches their child true mindfulness, will be giving their child one of the biggest helping hands they can in today’s world. Learning how to stay centered, calm, focussed and internally present is indeed a highly critical skill.

Learning how to be still and happy within your own body without being constantly entertained is key.

I think any child growing up today with the level of technology and pace of life we have needs to have these basic skills to be “well”. At least Google thinks so…

One of my projects in the next 6 months is to create some meditations to help keep kids mindful and well, so please get in touch with us so we can keep you posted when we release the CD. In the interim, here are tips to help your child stay truly mindful and strong.

  1. Get your child to spend 5- 10 minutes a day where they study something in nature. In positive psychology they call this “fascination with nature”. Choose a bird or a flower and keep your eyes focussed on the beauty and detail of this living creature. Notice colours, textures and patterns. This simple exercise shuts off the left “logical” brain for a few minutes and engages the creative brain.
  2. Create a special 5 minute bedtime ritual and get your child to practice some deep breaths whilst you talk them through a few minutes of meditation. You can ask them to feel the sensations of elements – earth, wind, air, fire. You can also ask them to visualise white light flowing through their head and down into the feet, which is a great clearing exercise to let go of any negative energy they may have collected at school or with friends.
  3. Limit time on computers and devices and encourage your child to get outdoors more often or doing something where they play with their hands and touch materials and real living things, not just following a screen with their eyes.

 


  • Really interesting read thanks for sharing your article some really relevant points of view.

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  • great read thanks for sharing

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  • I like the mini meditation session before bed-good idea!

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  • Im always amazed at the number of people that say “Im bored”….I just cant believe that. & years ago i went for a months holiday to the US and i stayed in a cabin in the woods. The guy i was staying with would head off in the morning for work before i would wake and wouldnt come home until about 5 in the evening…I would spend all day just relaxing and doing my own thing. Delighting in watching the bears, chipmunks, deer and various birds. One night we went to dinner with him Mum and she said to me “Dont you get bored spending all day alone?” Good lord…no way…i love being alone and i love not having to be anywhere or get anything done…that is a true holiday. I love my own company.

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  • Fascinating read. thanks for sharing

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  • Something that I’ve done for years is have my own “Gratitude Journal”, and all the family have one as well. We’ve made it a routine where at bed-time, everyone writes three things in their journal that happened that day that made them feel good (something that happened to them, or something they did to help someone else), and three things that they’re thankful for in their life. It’s a wonderful way to start children thinking about what is good in their life, rather than the “I want” attitude that is so prevalent these days. Good for the adults too.

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  • 9 hours… I wish…. With 3 little girls I can get about 6-7 hours if I am lucky

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  • Need to sleep one hour more and thank you gor the great tipsto teaching kids to be mindful and strong.

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  • I think my children are mindful. they love having quiet time and are content to not always be out and about

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  • Interesting that they recommend an hours more sleep

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  • Thanks for this valuable, thought provoking article :)

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