Pressing Pause: How Mindfulness Helps Kids

When it comes to parenting, some mornings are easier than others.

Last week, my son broke into defiant tears and shouts more than once as I rushed him out the door to get to preschool on time. He didn’t want to put on his shoes, he didn’t want to brush his teeth, and he most certainly did not want to leave his toys and get in the car.

Luckily for everyone, his teachers began that day with a few yoga exercises, and he quickly calmed down. In fact, he became so peaceful that he nearly dozed off on his pint-sized mat.

Mindfulness is the state of being present in the moment — something we sorely needed that harried morning. A key principle to this practice is calming your body and mind and paying attention to the sensations around you — the sounds, smells and sights.

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