Giving kids the tools to help them fend off negative thoughts and behaviors, build self-confidence, focus, and treat others and themselves with respect and appreciation is a gift they will have for the rest of their lives. Yet, less than 2% of kids in North America know how to meditate. Don’t know how to dive in? Try out these 3 simple practices to introduce kids to meditation and mindfulness… and don’t forget to check out what’s new in Kidevolve’s Imaginarium Podcast- first-of-their-kind audio tracks that get kids turned on to mindfulness in a totally novel, easy, super-fun way.
Ever wondered what it takes to create one of Kidevolve’s super engaging Creative Mind Journey audio tracks or why kids like them so much? Check out our second podcast where 10 year old Ella Davies interviews our lead creator Jeff Warren about his favourite Kidevolve characters and why he thinks learning mindfulness is cool for kids of all ages.
Jeff and Ella find a comfortable groove, chatting and sharing information about why mindfulness is important and how it can help kids learn more about what’s going on inside.
This much we know: Taking deep breaths relieves stress in your body; compassion relieves stress in relationships. Understanding that both are psychophysiological phenomena can impact how we parent and how we teach the next generation to function better in the world. Also, we need to realize that not every child is born with the same compassion ‘set-point’, so helping kids build and enhance what they start with is essential for healthy communities in the future.
There are, of course, many ways to introduce kids to Mindfulness meditation. We’ve discovered this deck of 55 innovative mindfulness games for kids, brought to you by Susan Kaiser Greenland (author of Mindful Games and The Mindful Child) and Annaka Harris (author of CONSCIOUS: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind and the children's book I Wonder).
Here’s a ground-breaking video aimed at toxic masculinity… important to share with the boys and men in your lives. What kinds of boys do we want to raise? What messaging needs to change at home, at school? How can we prevent our boys from endlessly adhering to the ‘bro-code’ and empower them to be the kind of compassionate, aware, connected men we need on the planet in the future.
Mindful eating for kids?! You bet. This article from @Mindfulschools shares a mindful eating tool that Kidevolve uses in our own physical programs. It's simple, fun and extremely effective in encouraging kids to experience real foods using their senses. The mindful steps urge kids to slow down, appreciate how rich and interesting even the most simple foods can be, and reminds kids to check in with how food makes them feel. Imagine if people (of all ages) engaged in a little more mindful eating? We might just have better eating habits?