You’ve likely tried to be more mindful—and have felt better on the daily as a result. After all, studies across the board indicate that being more mindful can slash stress, depression, and anxiety, and lift your mood across-the-board. And, according to one study in Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, it can hone your attentiveness into a razor-sharp spear. If you’re a regular practitioner of mindfulness and have experienced any of these life-changing results, you may wind yourself wishing only one thing: that you started the whole deal earlier.
Well, even though it’s too late for you, it’s not too late for your kid. By planting the mindfulness seed early, you can foster a sense of true balance and deep purpose in your kid—one they’ll carry through life. Herein, we’ve rounded up the best and brightest ways to make your child, well, the best and brightest.
Let them embrace their emotions
Whether it’s dealing with a bully or a breakup, instead of teaching your kids to ignore the situation—and, by proxy, their emotions about it—teach them to dive headlong into how they feel. According to research out of the University of Utah, people who embrace their feelings tend to develop more stable emotional tendencies throughout life. This tip is especially pertinent for boys, by the way, since they’re socially conditioned to repress anything and everything.