How do you usually spend time with your family? Are you able to do it as frequently as you like?
Nowadays, everyone is too busy. Even the young tots who have just started school look like they have a lot on their plates, too. Family time often gets compromised. Moms and dads together with their children rush from one day to the next, tackling tasks and errands left and right.
But did you know that spending “quality” time with the family can be done in 15 minutes tops? Meditation is the solution to your dwindling family time. It may seem like an odd choice at first, considering children are involved. But no one is too young nor too old to meditate. Using the right technique, children can get used to meditation and even enjoy it.
And when it comes to techniques, mindfulness meditation seems on top of the most appropriate methods for family meditation. It’s simple and children can pick it up quickly. But before teaching your young ones how to do it, check out these helpful tips to ease them into the practice:
Do a Show and Tell
Before teaching them steps, show them how you do it at first. Let them watch and explain why you do what you do — sitting down cross-legged, closing your eyes, taking deep breaths, and so on.
Entertain their questions and, more importantly, find a way to make them understand the importance of meditation. Little by little, feed them with bits of information.
And, don’t forget to keep the vibe light and fun. Engage them and be patient.
Start with a Shorter than Usual Meditation Time
Children are children. Expect that they’ll become distracted and probably even restless during the first few times. So, gauge your child’s behaviour. If 15 minutes feels like it’s a little too much, reduce it to 10 or even 5 minutes. You can eventually increase the time as your child progresses with the practice.
Remember, don’t make them feel you’re forcing meditation to them. They are still too young to grasp the totality of its importance. So be a firm yet loving teacher. give them ample time to adjust.
Do it Daily
Repetition is still one of the best ways to establish a routine. If you set a definite time and place every day for family meditation that would be wonderful. But if you can’t, just make sure you can squeeze it into your schedule whether in the morning, late in the afternoon, or before bedtime.