Mindfulness is not just for grownups! Studies show it can reduce stress, calm emotions and lead to compassion, and you can introduce this important practice to your children with a simple four-step exercise. Ring a bell, have your kids take a deep breath, listen closely, and raise their hand when they no longer hear the sound. Read our blogger’s suggestions for more kid-friendly ways to foster mindfulness with your family.

Talk to your child:

  • Is it hard to listen so closely? Do you think it would get easier with practice?

  • Do you think practicing this kind of focus will help you keep calm when you get angry or upset? How can you use what you’ve learned when you get in those situations?

Book to share: What Does It Mean to Be Present? by Rana Diorio. Ages 4 and up. If you're looking for a straightforward introduction to mindfulness, this book offers a charming foundation. It’s not so much a story as a launch pad for your mindfulness conversation.