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Practicing mindfulness with your children

Life can be stressful for both parents and children, and even more so during this time of uncertainty.

Mindfulness can help. The practice of mindfulness helps minimise anxiety and increase happiness. It has become more mainstream over recent years as a way to re-centre and focus on the present moment. Children can especially benefit from practising mindfulness from an early age as reinforced habits will inform adult behaviours.

Here are some great platforms to introduce you and your child to Mindfulness...

Headspace

Headspace is a brilliant platform for both parents and children. Letting go of tensions and stresses to practise calming techniques, refocusing yourself and simply breathing can be far more complicated than it seems. Headspace will talk and guide you and your child through each session.

You can try the specially designed kids programme for free here.

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Annaka Harris’ Guided Meditation for Children

If you aren’t ready to sign up just yet and need a shorter introduction, check out Annaka Harris’ Guided Meditation for Children page. There you can find some short (and free!) clips on the page that will gently introduce your child to mindfulness and meditation without having to commit too much time or any personal details to try!

Sign up to the Waking Up App to find even more sessions

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Calm

Calm is another great app you can use to guide you through meditation. Like Headspace, there are a range of sessions to help introduce you to the practise and then longer sessions for when you become more experienced. Apps are great for teens as they can practise during their own time as they are unlikely to need as much support and encouragement to engage.

You can try Calm for free here.

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Breath, Think, Do

Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame is created for parents and caregivers to use with their young children (ages 2-5) to help teach vital skills such as problem-solving, self-control, planning, and task persistence. Especially designed for young children, this kid-friendly app is the perfect way to get younger children thinking about their behaviours and actions.

You can download the app free from the app store.

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The DreamyKid

The DreamyKid app offers meditation, guided visualization and affirmations created especially for children and teens. It uses proven techniques that teach your kids methods to guide them towards a happier life through mindfulness.

You can download the app free from the app store.

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