Connecting Parents and Children

Mindfulness for Tweens and Teens

Mindfulness is an effective way for our children to learn to cope with excessive worries, anxiety, perfectionism and everyday stress. How does it work? Training in mindfulness helps children recognize their emotions and those of others, and promotes the development of skills to communicate feelings more effectively. By helping children recognize their emotions as they arise - anxiety, sadness, elation, boredom, anger, irritation - and the bodily sensations that accompany them, we are helping them learn to self-regulate; emotions need to be identified before they can be managed.

Children can learn to cultivate present mindful awareness to help with anxiety, perfectionism and emotional regulation, manage stress, enhance self-awareness, and improve relationships with others.