As a mom of four, who desperately needs my meditation time, I am often asked if my kids meditate as well and if they do, what does that look like or how do I encourage it?
The simple answer is yes, they do meditate, but not in the same way that I meditate. I believe we often overthink or overcomplicate our meditation practices and that can spill over into us trying to control our children's meditation practices.
Don't feel guilty! Of course we do this! We know that it makes us feel better and studies show that for our kids:
So obviously we want them to meditate. But HOW do we incorporate this into their lives without forcing it upon them as something we think they should do? Which we all know typically just pushes them away from ever being interested in said thing.
I started incorporating meditation into my children's lives from a young age. I let them watch me meditate and I encouraged meditation when they were most influenced (age three is perfect) by inviting them to join me. Just a few minutes here and there.
But have no fear if your kids are older and less easily influenced by mom! One of the ways I recommend introducing meditation to your older kids is to open up the conversation at night before bed. There are so many amazing apps these days that have guided meditations for kids that can help them calm down and fall asleep faster, especially if they have a lot of worries on their mind. Even the Amazon Alexa has meditations you can play if you're worried about them having access to a smart device at night.
My oldest, age 9.5, is my biggest meditator of them all. In fact, she helped me host a mama-and-me workshop where we shared all about ways to introduce mindfulness and meditation (along with other tools!) into your kiddos' lives! Check it out and let me know what you think!
If anything, focus on your own journey first and then watch as your life transforms and your wee ones follow suit!