GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Whether your 2-year-old is on the verge of a major tantrum, your 10-year-old is frightened about things in the news, or your teenager is anxious about an upcoming test, mindfulness can help them cope.
Mindfulness can also help parents cope too. Experts say recognizing and managing emotions and reducing stress are central to emotional well being.
Developmental psychologist Marti Erickson, host of the weekly podcast “Mom Enough”, says that
mindfulness is an important tool for coping in today’s society. Dr. Erickson says parents can teach children at any age.
Tips on raising mindful children:
- Help your child identify and name feelings
- Teach your child to recognize physical cues when stress starts to build
- Demonstrate and teach self-calming strategies
- Build mindfulness activities into your daily routines