Mindfulness… Can it help my child cope better?

Many children feel pressure to achieve when exams, tests and deadlines loom. On top of this, peer pressure and natural anxieties about growing up can put extra stress on children.

Plus, if your child has ADHD or is on the Autistic spectrum, there might be other difficulties added to the mix.

While ministers debate how to introduce mindfulness classes in schools, here are some fun activities to do at home to help your child cope better:

  • Get active! A healthy mind and active body go hand in hand. Restrict video game play to an hour a day, by encouraging kids to get physical. Try trampolining, swimming, art. Check out Kidsguide for some fantastic clubs, classes and sports in the Manchester/Cheshire area. Great way to burn off excess energy too…
  • Create a chill out zone. Build ‘quiet time’ into a school week, you’ll be amazed by the results. Rather than switch the TV or PS3 on all evening, spend 30 minutes doing simple things. Read snuggled up in a duvet, or star gaze. Download this BBC stargazing pack. These gentle activities help your child focus better – improving their ability to retain information.
  • Get creative! Kids love making stuff! Try these: create a mini vegetable patch in the back garden. Or give them some sheeting/old boards/wood to create their own den. Design a vehicle using wood, old wheels etc. Join a local recycling group for free materials!

Of course, your child’s confidence can affect their wellbeing. So if a subject at school is causing them grief, we’ve a lovely tutor here at 121 Home School Tutors to instantly boost their self-esteem. Just get in touch!

 

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