It doesn’t matter if you’re 35-, 68-, 15-, or 3-years old, meditation is a valuable tool that can help you find peace and balance. For children, this is extremely important, especially in this day and age where children are pressured to grow up so quickly. It’s been proven that an increasing number of children are showing elevated signs of anxiety and stress.
So how do you teach your kids to meditate and learn to love it? As with anything new, you can’t force them to be interested, however, you can make it a fun experience. You may think your restless 5-year old will never learn to focus or sit still for longer than 3-seconds, but may be surprised. Here are 8 reasons why you should teach your kids to meditate…
1. Meditation vs. Medication
The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry recently published a report that showed an estimated 2-million more children in the U.S. were diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) between 2003 and 2012. Most of these children are diagnosed before the age of 6-years old.
Many of these children diagnosed with ADHD are prescribed medication to help improve their attention span and lessen their hyperactivity. Meditation can have similar effects as medication. In fact, a study done by the National Therapies Research Unit at the Royal Hospital for Women in Australia showed that 50-percent of children who began meditating, either reduced or stopped taking their medication altogether.