The children in our schools need to build relationships with the teachers who are entrusted with their care. One way to build these relationships is to teach how to be mindful, or present in the here and now, which has been helpful in alleviating anxiety and making children happier. In the process of teaching mindfulness, we are building a caring relationship with all children and modeling/teaching them to be more present in a world that is constantly demanding their attention. This is a lifelong skill that children can apply in their everyday lives while helping them to overcome stressors either at home or in school and become more resilient.
“Mindfulness can be a useful tool for decreasing anxiety and promoting happiness. Mindfulness — a simple technique that emphasizes paying attention to the present moment in an accepting, nonjudgmental manner.” (https://www.nytimes.com/guides/well/mindfulness-for-children)
Join Jeannette Fodness as we discuss the need for mindfulness practices in our schools to help people of all ages to be more aware of their bodies, their emotions, their thoughts, and their interactions.
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