22 May The How-To Guide to Happy Children: A Mindfulness Tidbit
Have you ever heard that it’s the quality instead of the quantity of time that you spend with you children that matters? Speaking in terms of mindfulness, this makes perfect sense.
By connecting to the present moment instead of ruminating about the past or worrying about the future, you can truly be there (mind and body) when you are with your children.
Try this: Next time you are with your children after school, set your intention to mindfully listen to them. What does this mean? It means that you really listen to them as they describe their day at school rather than mentally going through what’s next on your to-do list. If your children are not that chatty after school you could also try this mindful listening exercise at bedtime. It is so validating for them and increases their sense of connectedness to you. A sense of connection with you naturally increases their sense of happiness. Simple right?
So, by practicing mindfulness not only does our quality of life and sense of happiness improve but so does our children’s.