Baby Your Baby: Meditation and Mindfulness for Kids

Baby Your Baby: Meditation and Mindfulness for Kids (File photo: MGN Online)

(KUTV) Everyone is talking about meditation and being mindful. But what is meditation and mindfulness? How long do we need to practice for it to be effective? Kids brains are overloaded and tired with all of the time they spend in front of electronics. There is constant stimulus. Mediation is used to rest the mind, body and spirit.

Katrina Jensen, an RN with Intermountain Moms stopped by to share some tips.

We used to watch a TV show lasting 30 minutes and we would turn off the TV once it was done. Now people binge watch just about anything whether it be Netflix or U Tube videos. There is no end to the stimulation. We are seeing increased reports of depression and anxiety than ever before in children. The simple act of teaching children how to stop, focus, and just breathe could be one of the best gifts you can give your kids this summer. Pediatricians recommend these tips:

Preschool age: A few minutes per day

Grade school age: 3-10 minutes twice per day

Teens: 5-45 minutes per day

  • Don’t get caught up in the “how” – just do
  • Belly breathing: incorporate into bedtime routine (Colbie Caillat sings with Elmo) or time outs for young kids
  • Kids can take a few deep breaths before taking a test or before a performance or athletic event
  • Check in with how you’re feeling. How does your body feel? Are you tired, busy or anxious?
  • Stay with whatever arises
  • It may not be easy or even peaceful
  • Smile when you’re done
  • Don’t expect to be good at first--that’s why it’s called “practice”