Meditation is something I have been using with my son and niece for about a year now. This past year, we (me and my sister) drove our kiddos about 20 minutes to school everyday. Instead of being willing to continue to listen to them bicker and argue every morning, I decided I would teach them how to meditate.
Why? Well, I use a natural supplement to help Luka with his ADHD, but I was interested in seeing if meditation could help him even more (based on a Lisa Ling documentary I watched)...and after giving it a try... I feel like it has. It also has helped him handle his anxiety (and trouble with change) a bit better... and I can say the same for Danika as well.
Now, telling these kids to close their eyes for 10 minutes and breathe did not work for me. Meditation apps, did...and after searching and searching and testing...these are the best meditation apps for kids that I have found work best for me.
I started the kiddos off with this app. It's available on Iphone or Android, so downloading it to our phones and then having the kids pop on headphones was all we needed. The apphas Guided Meditations, and the children used them at first to learn, but eventually moved on to the soundscape options. For Luka, closing his eyes just to meditate didn't really work for him. His mind started to get the best of him and he was too easily distracted. The soundscapes in this app came with so many varieties that he was best able to pick for himself the one that he felt worked best. Plus being able to choose for himself made him more willing to give meditation a try. Win, Win.
I found this app this past Summer. I was looking for something that would teach the kids something a little different. The Calm App is great for meditation...but I wanted to move the children more into Mindfulness. This app was perfect. There is an adults version as well, but honestly I really like the kids version. This app allows you to choose meditations based on age levels. Luka right now is 12, but doesn't have that much experience with Mindfulness...so I opted to start him at the same level as Dani (7-9). He's responded well. In the app they, learn to slow down and pay attention to the world around them. Which has really helped them handle some life changes.
I talked a little bit about this app last week. It helps kids stop and process the emotions they are feeling and teaches them coping skills so they don't act out so much. We had alot of fighting going on both in the house and in school at the tail end of last year. So I searched for a way to get these kids to stop and think about what they were doing...especially when angry. TheStop, Breathe, Think technique was first introduced to me via a Sesame Street app. Now, after 5 minutes the app was done...and it was kinda kiddish. If you have a toddler (or even a little bit older), this app would be great. But for my two...it didn't really work. The Stop, Breathe, & Think App has the same concept but for older kids.
So there you have it...
These are the top 3 meditation apps that I'm currently using and that are working the best for me. As a side note, I will say...yes, I have tried the Headspace App. I know alot of people are talking about it, using it and LOVING it. That's great. I liked it as well. But the Headspace app has a monthly fee, and to me, these other apps do what I need and they are free. That's the route I took personally, you may feel a different way. So...
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What meditation apps have you used? What do you love about them? Have they helped your kids? In what ways? Tell me in the comments below.