One of the biggest questions that I have had in raising my children is whether or not to teach them meditation. And the answer that I have reached is that when they have the attention span to sit still for more than five minutes is most definitely yes.
Yet this brings up the question; how do I teach them? While the answer will depend greatly on the age of the child there will be some similarities in the methods used to teach them. So I have put together some guidelines for you to follow, if you decide to teach your children how to meditate.
- Don’t expect too much from them. Remember that they are just kids
- Remember also that they do have a short attention span. Don't force them if they get bored or antsy.
- Never show disappointment or impatience with children.
- Make it perfectly clear that it is not a competition. Especially if you have more than one child.
- Keep all instructions simple and use as few words as possible.
- Use a gentle and soft voice when giving those instructions.
- Show a good example. If they see you being patient and, caring, happy and relaxed then they are more likely to be and stay motivated.