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Jan 27, 2022 - 3 min

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How Mindfulness Helps Children Grow up Mentally Strong

Mindfulness is about living in the present and being aware of one’s mind & body. Try these tips to raise a mindful child.

Parents want the best for their kids, but what's best for one child may not be what’s best for another. Feeling the need to live up to their parents’ high expectations and standards puts stress and pressure on children. This added stress can lead to a greater risk of mental health issues and other consequences as well. According to mental health surveys, kids today are experiencing higher rates of anxiety than ever before. What can parents do to help?

Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can be used to improve everyone’s mental health. Defined as the ability to be understanding and aware of one’s self and the people and situations around them, mindfulness helps us focus on the positive aspects of life, and being in the now. Mindfulness is a great practice to teach children, as it helps them regulate their emotions while developing a sense of self-awareness and self-management.

People deal with stressors in their lives every day. Overtime, constant stress begins to take a toll on one's mind and body. When faced with challenges in work and life, mindful individuals are better able to approach stressful situations with a calm demeanor and can react thoughtfully. Mindfulness helps teach this mental strength. 

Mindfulness tips and strategies:

  • Guided meditation - Guided meditation videos and scripts are great for helping children calm their minds and bodies. It allows them to channel their energy, release their stress, and clearly see and feel their thoughts and emotions.
  • Breathing exercises - Although breathing is something we do constantly, it’s surprising how big an effect it has when we do it intentionally. There are many different types of breathing techniques that encourage children to take deep, deliberate breaths. Check out this list of fun breathing exercises and see which ones your child enjoys most.
  • Use the STOP method - Stop what you are doing. Take a deep breath. Observe your feelings, actions and emotions. Proceed, in a mindful manner, with a next step.
  • Read books about mindfulness - Let books do all of the teaching! When children watch story characters learn new lessons and concepts through their adventures, they too learn from the situation. Check out these lists of children's books on mindfulness (more books) and mental health. Children can also learn about mindfulness with Wally the Worried Walrus in the Encantos app!

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Ask a Bilingual Expert

Raising a bilingual child? On this page, our very own Director of Learning Design and Efficacy, Sophia Espinoza, addresses some of the most common questions, concerns, and curiosities around the benefits of bilingualism. Get the scoop below!

Sophia Espinoza is a career educator and curriculum designer with seven years of experience teaching in private and independent schools across the country. She is an expert in 21st-century education, including technologically-powered personalization, multilingual and multicultural curriculums, and social-emotional learning.

Sophia began teaching in Chicago Public Schools through Chicago Teaching Fellows, learning to support both English Language Learners and students with neurodiverse needs. Among her proudest accomplishments is launching the AltSchool Spanish Immersion Program, with the mission of creating bilingual global citizens who are socially conscious and environmentally aware. Sophia holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and M.A.Ed. from Dominican University.

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Any advice on managing two Spanish dialects in the household? Does this cause confusion for kids?

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