Spirituality is an important part of life, and if you are a parent, you probably are truly concerned about your child’s spiritual well-being. Providing for the material and educational needs of your children is an automatic responsibility for you. But aside from nurturing your children’s physical and material needs, you should also be thinking seriously about their spiritual development. This is why parents choose to have their family go to a church service or Sunday school.
Another way to nurture the spiritual wellbeing of children is by having them engage in meditation. This could be a challenge as children may not be easy to instruct. But incorporating meditation into your youngsters’ lives can bring forth results that will be good for them and for you as a parent.
How It Benefits Your Child
Meditation should not be for grownups only. It has been found that children who attend schools that use meditation in classes tend to be better behaved, do not get into trouble and perform better in academics. These children are generally calmer when dealing with stressful situations. They are less vulnerable to temperamental changes and do not act out. They learn how to focus and concentrate, making them more successful in what they engage in.
A Different Style
If your child’s school does make use of meditation exercises, you can always introduce meditation into their daily routines. Just remember that when dealing with children, the approach should be different.
Most of the meditation techniques used by practitioners would be too difficult to instruct to children. The style should be different for them. For one, most of the time, their attention span is too short. They are more interested in play and will not likely be interested in serious exercises such as meditation.
To make meditation more acceptable to children, it must be fun for them. It should not feel like a routine or chore that they need to do. Children must feel that they enjoy the activity in order for them to truly engage in the activity. It will also be good for them if you and the rest of the family are part of the exercise.
As an adult, you may be setting aside a number of minutes for meditation. If you want your child to get into meditation, it will not be good to force them into it. Let them know that they can go play if they do not feel like meditating. Best of all, the meditative exercise should not feel like sitting in the corner as a punishment. When you get to successfully teach your children to meditate, they will grow up being thankful for what you have taught them.