What Is Mindfulness, and Why Do Kids Need It?

Adversity comes at us from the moment we are born. Infants get hungry and tired. Toddlers grapple with language and self-control. And as children develop through adolescence to become teenagers, life grows ever more complicated. Developing relationships, navigating school and exercising independence — the very stuff of growing up — naturally creates stressful situations for every child.

At each developmental stage, mindfulness can be a useful tool for decreasing anxiety and promoting happiness. Mindfulness — a simple technique that emphasises paying attention to the present moment in an accepting, nonjudgmental manner.

Children are uniquely suited to benefit from mindfulness practice. Habits formed early in life will define behaviours in adulthood, and with mindfulness, we have the opportunity to give children the habit of being peaceful, kind and accepting.