Teen Talk

Written by Amoreena Berg, LMFT, Site Director for Adolescent Counseling Services.

Starting simple is the best way to be successful with teaching mindfulness to kids. For example, an adult who begins learning meditation may start off with 15 minutes of meditation a day, for a child it would be better to start off with 5 minutes. They also write that whomever teaches the child should be comfortable with teaching mindfulness exercises and the person should also have some experience practicing mindfulness.

Three areas of mindfulness activities are suggested for use with kids. These areas are: mindfulness of the environment, mindfulness of the body, and mindfulness meditation. The first area activities deal with directing a child’s attention toward the things in their environment. The exercises are designed to help the child become aware of the things they are aware of and the things they are not aware of. Take…

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