Students today are overstressed and anxious more than ever. Even in a non-COVID year, there are so many demands placed on our children—after-school sports, extracurricular activities, family issues, and homework. We need to give our children the tools that they need to cope. Our world isn’t going to slow down to meet their needs, so we need to step in and help.
Students of all ages can use mindfulness. At Far Hills, children are exposed to the practice as early as age 3. On a daily and weekly basis, we practice mindful sitting, body scanning, mindful coloring, guided visualization, heartfulness (also known as loving kindness meditation), and mindful listening. The average Lower School student at Far Hills practices 800 mindful minutes each year!
Learning to be mindful doesn’t have to be confined to the four walls of a building or classroom. In fact, there are numerous opportunities to practice mindful activities outside. Today, our second graders explored our 54-acre campus, searching for the perfect grassy hill to practice mindfulness. Grade 2 teacher Sue Miller led students through a practice that focused on mindful breathing, helping students return to a centered state.
Now, you can learn how to help your child, too, with our guide: "Mindfulness Matters: Tips for Incorporating a Mindfulness Practice into your Child's Everyday Life." We know that you will find the information inside useful and hope that you will begin a daily (or weekly—It's okay to start small!) practice with your child.