3 reasons why mindfulness belongs in early childhood

Maybe you have taken steps towards more balanced life, downloaded an app for daily meditation or read books about becoming more aware of the present moment. Could our kids benefit from these ideas too?

1. Nobody can avoid stress

There is something comforting to know that the view of our world is rather different through the eyes of a child. On the back of that realisation looms also the fact that some day their innocent way of thinking will be faced with another reality. A world with demands, expectations and hard work. That change will arrive, slowly over the years, yet way too fast. But can kids feel stress just like the adults do? The answer is yes!

2. Kids learn by being calm

I am proud and happy to tell you that our local kindergarten have adopted mindful exercises on their daily program. They also walk to the forest regularly, like most of Finnish kindergarteners, allowing the children to explore their surroundings freely. I am not lying to tell you that at times when things get steamed up my daughter is the one telling me to breathe in and breathe out. Kids are great learners!

3. Scandinavian living is simple and effective
”In Sweden preschool children are encouraged to play and relax without any structured learning for the first six years of their lives. They go for nature walks every day, even in the bitter Scandinavian winter. They are not taught to read until they are seven years of age”  –Goldie Hawn

What do you think about Nordic ways of learning as described above? Should our kids learn to cope with stress already at an early age? In my opinion, mindfulness and other soulful methods should be practised at every kindergarten and classroom. Many studies have shown that with simple methods like breathing people can have better grades at school and concentrate more effectively.

If you have any questions regarding the Finnish kindergarten system, I’d be happy to share more views on the topic. If you want to know more about this practise, please read more about Mindfulness and MindUp curriculum on 10 Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn. It’s a great way to start!

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