The Mindful Family classes are a non-religious, research-based mindfulness program that teaches teens ages 12 – 17 – and their adults – the skill of mindfulness. In this course, children and their adults are taught how to help to grow the non-judgmental and non-reactive space of mindfulness, enabling new and wiser responses that can improve attention, learning, emotional regulation, empathy, and conflict resolution.
Participants are also taught how the skill of mindfulness can also be applied to sensory experience, thoughts, and emotions by using sustained attention and learning to notice our experiences without reacting…..something each and every one of us, young and old, can benefit from.
These outstanding classes are based on the highly effective and researched model of the Mindful Schools curriculum and start with an introduction to mindfulness, teaching children and their adults mindful skills using a variety of techniques and activities designed to teach mindfulness of body, listening, breathing, thoughts, and actions.
Each class consists of sharing experiences, introducing, practicing, and demonstrating (using games or activities) the new lesson, mindful meditation practice, discussion, and instruction on how to practice in the days until the next class. Adults and children work together in the classes, and participation from both – especially the child – is strongly encouraged. Participation includes sharing experiences and thoughts, as well as helping to start, lead, and end classes.
According to studies by the Center for Mindfulness, the benefits of practicing mindfulness for children and adults include:
- Better focus and concentration
- Increased sense of calm
- Decreased stress & anxiety
- Enhanced Health
- Improved Impulse control
- Increased self-awareness
- Skillful responses to difficult emotions
- Development of natural conflict resolution skills
- Increased empathy and understanding of others