{Parenting} How to Use Meditation for Kids

Meditation for Kids | Care.com | Kimberly Kalil Creative I have a new parenting article up over at Care.com all about how to use mediation with your kids (something I've recently started doing).

Meditation for kids is ideal if you have a restless child. Teach him a few simple practices that may calm him down and give you a breather. Do you have a stressed-out, anxious, wiggly or angry child? Then meditation for kids might be exactly what you need to calm your little one (and maybe you'll reap some calming benefits, too!). You don't need to be a guru yourself -- with a few simple tips, you can help your child learn to clear his mind.

What Is Meditation? Meditation is an age-old practice where you engage in mental exercises, such as concentrating on your breathing or repeating calming words, so you can be more aware and relaxed. Focused awareness on the present moment is often called mindfulness, and when achieved through meditation, it can help transform impulsive kids into calm ones. Recent research has also shown school mindfulness programs to be effective in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety among adolescents. The same may hold true for people -- or kids -- of any age.