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Dunstable Icknield Lower School

Dunstable Icknield Lower School

Miss McKinlay's Mindfulness Top Tips

Practice mindfulness yourself. Take the time to learn the basics yourself and make          sure your child sees what you’re doing to help raise their interest. Children learn by          example, and the more you model the positive effects mindfulness has on you and          your well-being, the more interested and open your child will be to try it themselves.

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Get your child involved.  Explain to them what mindfulness is and why it’s important. You could make a ‘Mindfulness Calendar’ that sets which days you’re going to try different exercises and activities and take the time to evaluate them all to decide which ones you enjoy and would like to try again.

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Start small. Remember that mindfulness doesn’t need to take a long time and you          are most likely to maintain your child’s interest in practising together if you start              small. Pay attention to your child’s cues and go from there. 

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Make it a habit. Allocate time each day to practice mindfulness together, and make        sure you make it a habit. The more consistent you are the more benefits you’ll see! 

Get moving. People often view mindfulness activities as sitting quietly with your eyes closed while meditating but they aren’t all like that. There are lots of mindfulness exercises for children that involve movement, and if your child struggles to sit still, these may be a better option for them.

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Be patient. And don’t expect a miracle. Teaching mindfulness to kids can be                    extremely beneficial but remember that change takes time and it’s unlikely that you        will see an overnight transformation in your child. As with most things, consistency is      key! 

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