There are many alternatives available online to help parents teach their children and themselves an assortment of meditation techniques that help them to overcome and neutralize many different kinds of stressors. Meditation themes such as being calm, increasing focus, breathing exercises, feeling empathy and kindness are widely available for all age groups. Teaching children to meditate and develop present moment awareness gives them the advantages of developing many positive traits in their mental and emotional body that will help them immensely throughout their life. Children should not be forced to meditate but given gentle encouragement to do so.
Meditation exercises give children the tools to develop focus, foster self-esteem, boost their confidence helping them to genuinely feel empathy and happiness in their lives. Meditation has an effect on the functioning of the brain and brain waves into more positive states, which all meditators have known for thousands of years, that meditation is positive and healthy for the mind, body and spirit.
Making time to meditate with a household of responsibilities and children can be difficult. No one in the family may be able to meditate on a schedule, but the conversation can be opened to help make meditation and prayer apart of the family dynamic. Parents including their children in some basic breath or mindfulness exercises as a family sharing the experience together may be the best option. Many times, children can more easily meditate than adults, as they have less mental complexity in overthinking the process of meditation. Do not judge or criticize yourself as the parent, the most important thing is not to force the process but let it go and allow it to be simple and free without expectations.
May this offering help parents support their beloved children to become healthier, happier and empathic well-adjusted individuals that actualize their true heart and soul purpose for being on this ascending planet.
~via For Parents Supporting Young Children