Raising Mindful & Compassionate Kids #WomenOnTheMove

Posted: February 28, 2017

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Mindful & compassionate kids are not only empathetic towards others but also grow up to be responsible adults. #WomenOnTheMove

We all know that mindfulness is good for us. As we go on with our stressful everyday lives, mindfulness is the only answer to our modern woes. Mindfulness helps us to be aware of our surroundings, adopt mindful parenting methods, turn off the toxic chatter inside our heads and choose a skillful response for a problem instead of succumbing to our visceral reactions.

Mindfulness is not only important for adults, it is also good for children. It helps children develop empathy and compassion towards others, helps them to improve their attention paying abilities, reduces the primordial urge of bullying in children, calms them down when they are upset and drives them to make better, conscious, compassionate decisions. In short, it helps with emotional regulation and cognitive focus.

Last week, in our weekly #WomenOnTheMove chat over at Twitter, we discussed why mindful parenting is the call of the hour, why we should raise empathetic and compassionate children and also shared some mindful parenting techniques with each other that we adopt with our kids. This is what #WomenOnTheMove said.

How to encourage kids to be more compassionate

As parents we should understand that our words have no meaning if we only preach and not practice. What we need to do is indulge in mindful parenting. Instead of words it is better we lead with examples.

Stop comparing your kids with others

Help children to express their emotions before you have the talk

Yes, you should always support your child but not when they are on the wrong side of the fence

(If you’re not yet following Women’s Web on Twitter, do now, and you can come over for the chat too, every Wednesday 6-7 pm IST).

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