When children misbehave, the natural reaction is to punish them. But what if, instead of providing punishment, you encourage mindfulness instead?
As society develops, the way we react to certain situations changes, too. Corporal punishment has proven to be ineffective. In fact, research showed that it leads to anger, resentment, as well as low self-esteem. Additionally, children no longer respond the same way as children did 50 years ago to the same methods of discipline. It is time for something different. And mindfulness and meditation could be it.
Schools that have chosen meditation over traditional punishment methods have had excellent results, reporting improved behavior, less short-temperateness amongst the students, and an improved ability of the students to reflect on and learn from their bad behavior. This may seem surprising at first, as children are generally rebellious, and you would think that they would find sitting, standing still, and just breathing to be very boring.
Children can find themselves under stress for a variety of reasons, and this then causes them to act out or improperly express their emotions. By encouraging them to meditate, it allows them time to calm down and to consider their actions.
You don’t have to wait for your school to introduce this, you can teach your child mindfulness and meditation at home. It will be ideal if you can even meditate with them.
Benefits of meditation for children
- They learn to be calmer and to control their outbursts.
- It allows them to focus on the present, which also helps them focus in class.
- They will be able to enjoy what is around them.
- They will be more generous, as well as be able to empathise with their friends better.
- They will learn more bout themselves – how they feel and think.
- The self-awareness will also lead to taking more responsibility rather than placing the blame elsewhere.