182: How To Teach Kids Meditation (And Why It’s Important) // Tejal V. Patel

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 “What if meditation was a part of a child’s daily routine, along with showering and brushing their teeth? How would it change their life?” -Tejal V. Patel

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we are having episodes all month focused on how to strengthen our own mental health as mothers, as well the mental health of our children.

In last week’s episode, we learned from Lisa Sabey, founder of Parents-to-Parents, that mental wellness is based on SKILLS. Skills that can and must be taught from a very young age. Research shows that one of the foundational skills for mental wellness is mindfulness–the ability to notice and process our emotions. 

In today’s episode, I’m honored to be interviewing Tejal V. Patel, a mindfulness and meditation advocate for families, who is going to teach us HOW to incorporate daily meditation skills into life with our children, making it as integral a part of our daily routine as brushing our teeth.

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Tejal V. Patel’s 3 Takeaways for Teaching Kids Meditation-

 

  1. Know the difference between active meditation and passive meditation, and focus on active meditation with beginners.This means making movement part of your meditation practice, as you build basic meditation skills like breathing. 
  2. Don’t try to teach your child meditation in the midst of a meltdown. With daily mindfulness practice, you will find that massive meltdowns are fewer and farther between because they will build more ability to self-regulate.
  3. Be the guide from the side, not the sage from the stage. Even if you yourself have never practiced meditation, you can still teach your kids to do this. You can learn with them! 

>>>Will you try any of these tips from Tejal V. Patel? What would you add to her takeaways? Tell us in the comments below!

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-Get in touch with Tejal V. Patel!-

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-Links Mentioned in Today’s Show-

-Related Episodes you might be interested in if you like this episode from Tejal V. Patel-

181: HOW TO ENCOURAGE EMOTIONAL WELLNESS IN KIDS // LISA SABEY

129: RETHINKING MEDITATION AS A BUSY MOM // DR. LEAH WEISS

082: HOW TO USE MINDFULNESS TO COPE WITH PAIN OR ILLNESS AS A MOM // CANDACE AND BECKY OF MINDFUL ART COMPANY

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About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great sorrow but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.

2 Comments

  1. Sarah on 05/23/2021 at 6:47 AM

    I’ve been a daily meditator for the last few years as a key part in my mental health journey. I’ve occasionally tried doing it with my kids but today’s podcast opened my eyes! I loved the part about it being apart of their daily routine, not when they need it in the moment. The analogy to teeth brushing was genius. I know for me the consistency is what has retrained my brain. I’m excited to work this into our routine.

    • Rachel Nielson on 06/20/2021 at 10:02 PM

      You are amazing, Sarah! I love knowing that meditation has been so helpful to you!!

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