Mindfulness is about being present in the moment and aware of all that is happening around you. More so now than ever, this has been the buzz word among parents and educational institutions. Why? Because in a fast-paced city such as ours, learning to take a step back, being aware of your surroundings, is an especially useful skill in coping with stress and anxiety. How is this applicable to our kids? Accordingly to many specialists in the field, mindfulness needs to be role modeled by parents. When parents are more attuned to what their kids are thinking and feeling, it deepens family relationships and enables their and their kids’ social interactions to be positive and respectful. Plus, teaching children to practice mindfulness can help them to reduce stress and improve concentration. Here’s our choice selection of classes and workshops that’ll benefit both you and the kiddos as you begin your mindfulness journey.
Canvass Kids provides a great platform for kids to practice mindfulness through art, storytelling, and movement exercises. Their Movement, Art, and Mindfulness class for kids aged 4 to 9 and 9 to 14 encourages children and youth to sketch freely to hone their non-verbal skills and bring about inner balance and self-awareness. A progress report is provided after the first class to highlight initial observations so that you can also track your child's progress. Click HERE to register.
Canvass Kids, www.canvass.com.sg/canvass-kids
Located amidst lush surroundings at Horse City, The Open Centre 8-session 'The Resilient Child' program is based on Social and Emotional Mindfulness Skills and is adapted to suit our local context. Each session is 90 minutes and topics covered include identifying emotions and thoughts, assessing strengths and limitations, focused awareness, empathy, altruism, and more. Click HERE to register.
The Open Centre, theopencentre.com.sg/theresilientchild
Learning and practicing mindfulness can be extremely fruitful for the younger ones who often juggle with multiple academic and social stress on a daily basis. At Mindful Moments, their program is specially designed by experts to help students combat stress and develop resilience. There are 4 weekly mini-group sessions that introduce foundational mindfulness skills to regulate emotions and enhance well-being. Click HERE to register.
Mindful Moments, www.mindfulmoments.sg/dotbe-mindfulness.html
In Brahm Centre's Mindfulness for Kids parent-child program, children learn how to steady themselves, respond rather than react to situations, while parents learn how thinking processes impact children’s emotions and body state as well as how mindfulness can support their children in all activities and relationships. There will also be short mindfulness meditation practices, plus fun-filled activities and games to introduce mindfulness concepts. Click HERE to register.
Brahm Centre, brahmcentre.com/mindfulness-for-kids
The pressure to perform well academically and non-academically has caused much of the daily anxiety that students face especially those transitioning from primary to secondary level. In the New Horizons workshop, students learn skills to cope with challenges through self-esteem and compassion games, identification of stress factors and coping mechanisms through mindfulness, and more. Register your interest HERE. Also check out their Mindful Play interactive session where you can connect with your kids through varied mindfulness activities.
The Conscious Zone, www.theconsciouszone.org/training/workshops
Learning Ventures offers mindfulness courses for kids as young as the kindy years. In this course, they introduce them to mindfulness as a series of ‘superpowers’. Children learn about their mindful bodies, mindful listening, mindful breathing, and mindful movement. Through art and other activities, they are led to develop attention and to nurture kindness and compassion for themselves and their friends. Each session is 30 minutes long with options for an 8-week course and a year-long course. For Primary school kids, the mindfulness course incorporates techniques to cope with stress. They also have a C.A.R.E program for primary and lower secondary school kids to cultivate resilience and life skills so that they can thrive in their schoolwork and their everyday life. Click HERE for more information and to register.
Learning Ventures, www.learningventures.com.sg/mindfulness
The Positive Focus programs at Mindful Space caters to little ones from 6 months to teens at 18 years. For the littlest ones aged 6 to 18 months, classes provide exciting and creative development-boosting activities for parents and caregivers to effectively support their babies’ progress in developing a more secure sense of the world and their place within it. Little tots aged 18 to 36 months will learn to increase their focus and attention span, learn to be sensitive to boundaries, and be ready for preschool! Family classes also inculcate family bonding, while the older teens learn to cultivate essential coping mechanisms to make good choices, manage peer and academic pressures, and adequately deal with societal expectations. Click HERE for more information and registration.
Mindful Space, www.mindfulspace.com.sg/enrichment-class
Through mindful listening and breathing, mind and boy fitness, positive communication, brain balancing exercises and more, the Positive Families series of programs for tots and older kids are specially tailored for parents and their kids to work together towards a positive outcome. Young ones learn to develop positive attitudes and behaviors, while those aged 9 to 12 years are geared towards strengthening their awareness of the connection between mind, body, thoughts, and emotions. Click HERE to register.
Positive Focus, positivefocus.com.sg/positive-families
The Mindfulness for Kids program is a weekly 1-hour session every Sunday. Scientific research has shown that regular mindfulness practice can help kids by relieving stress, anxiety, and improve their academic performance and social relationships. It also builds their capacity to experience positive emotions. Each mindfulness session is created with different activities such as storytelling, arts or games to encourage them to express themselves authentically, whilst learning this vital skill. Call +65 6222 5114 for more information and registration.
The Golden Space, thegoldenspace.sg/wpprogram/regular-meditation-classes
Cosmic Kids Zen Den, www.cosmickids.com/mindfulness-meditation-videos-kids
Smiling Mind, www.smilingmind.com.au
Insight Timer, insighttimer.com
Other Mindfulness Resources:
Centre for Mindfulness, www.centreformindfulness.sg