Mindfulness is an important skill for children to learn. It helps them slow down and notice what’s happening within them and around them.
Practicing mindfulness can help children regulate their emotions, improve focus, reduce stress, and cultivate kindness, gratitude, and positivity. Research has also shown that it enhances overall well-being, increases respect for others, and acts as a buffer for bullying. Who wouldn’t want that for their children?
Empathy is perhaps the most important skill a person can develop in life, yet it rarely makes the curriculum in traditional public schools. Fortunately, modern educational psychologists are beginning to recognize its positive effects, calling it the “empathy advantage” and advocating for school leaders to incorporate effective empathy education into their daily schedules.
Teaching kids about emotions can be an overwhelming task for any parent or teacher. It isn’t easy to explain how it feels to be frustrated, excited, or worried. Ideally, we want to begin teaching emotional literacy as early as possible because emotions are at the core of human experience and affect every aspect of our lives.