As parents we want to see our children “flourishing”—the opposite of depression, avoidance, and disengagement. Finding little moments to help your children check in with their experiences, rather than check out of, builds emotional intelligence, leading to happier kids and families.
No matter how we practice it, mindfulness offers the gift of calm and clarity when difficult times arise—which they inevitably will—no matter how hard we try to protect our children. The world is not always a compassionate place; kids will get hurt, if they haven’t been already. But if we teach them, they can discover that their greatest challenges can be the greatest teachers.