Some mornings nothing goes well. That can be the truth of a homeschool moms life. Coffee gets cold as diaper blowouts with toddlers are followed by unfocused hyperactivity or whiny negative attitudes with school-age kids. Let’s just be real as homeschoolers some mornings are just the pits… We are no exception. Then I discovered the power of meditation. Now I don’t know what I would do without it. Homeschooling with meditation is now my critical key to a successful day.
Ok so meditation and homeschooling, am I serious? Do those things even go together? Trust me they do, and you will stick with me you may just jump on the meditation train as well!
Meditation and mindfulness is nothing new, far from it. However, the science is just now starting to catch up to what the age-old practice has been saying all along. Meditation has numerous benefits. Everything from learning disabilities to anxiety and stress is all improved with a regular meditation practice.
The Science behind meditation
In This is your Brain on meditation
Dr. Rebecca Gladding writes
Essentially, the science “proves” what we know to be true from the actual experience of meditating. What the data demonstrate is that meditation facilitates strengthening the Assessment Center, weakening the unhelpful aspects of the Me Center (that can cause you to take things personally), strengthening the helpful parts of the Me Center (involved with empathy and understanding others) and changing the connections to/from the bodily sensation/fear centers such that you experience sensations in a less reactive, more balanced and holistic way. In a very real way, you literally are changing your brain for the better when you meditate.
Dear Homeschool Mom, You’re tougher than you think
Teaching Goal Setting in your Homeschool
Homeschool days before meditation
Tell me if this sounds at all familiar. Breakfast-whining, not the right thing, not hungry, etc. Chores, clean up and responsibilities can easily arouse the poor me syndrome. Schoolwork is part ok part the worst torture ever depending on the subject. Then there is grading and having to correct mistakes… screech halt. This is where the child turns to goo at the thought of having to “redo” something. Does that sound about right?
Any mom who has ever had to deal with these aspects of daily life can certainly say its less than fun. But the challenge of the homeschool parent is that we are a one-stop-shop. Teacher, principal, disciplinarian, cook, custodian, nurse and of course parent all rolled into one.
Homeschooling with meditation
Meditation isn’t some magic pill, don’t get me wrong. However what I have noticed it changes how my kids react to everything.
- The kids don’t make big things out of little things nearly as often
- They fight less
- Display more empathy towards others
- I can see them slow down and take their time more often
- The subjects they don’t enjoy don’t become some unconquerable tasks
- They work more efficiently and have less overall schoolwork anxiety
- Interestingly they also tend to get done with school sooner
- I see them express more creativity
- These children also seem to have more control over their emotions
The Relaxed Homeschool Planner
Children will be children, and part of that is learning to manage their own minds. That my friends is the trick. We all struggle with things like anxiety, wondering thoughts, distractions and lack of focus, why do we expect our children to be any different?
To sum it up meditation isn’t a magic pill, but it nearly is. Need to get a handle on hyperactivity, depression, anxiety or emotions? Want a more focused, more emotionally in control, more empathetic and productive homeschool child? Or heck even more of that just for yourself? The answers are simple to commit each morning leading your children and going within and quieting the mind. You will be absolutely amazed at what a 10 minute guided meditation will do for the day. Like I said it’s not a magic pill but, it might come very very near it. Do you want a homeschool mom superpower? Meditation my friends, meditation ♡♡♡
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Beth is a mother of 6 living on a handful of acres in an old farmhouse in central Kansas. Beth has a background in the military and health and fitness however her passions come from her homestead life. Beth is an enthusiastic homeschooling mom, avid organic gardener, chicken & goat wrangler, who is obsessed with herbs and natural remedies and maintaining an all-around Do-It-Yourself lifestyle. Beth loves to share all she has learned about and sustainable living. While striving for a healthy, natural life, family-centered life.
I’m curious what specific meditations you use that your kiddos will sit still and listen to? I have 4 and 8 year old boys and see it as a daunting task to get them interested enough in the meditation that they will sit still.
I totally understand fidgety boys who struggle to sit and listen. I have and 11 year old and 6 year old boy who both stuggle with this, but with consistant practice they are getting better at this! We tend to use guided meditations for kids on YouTube one of our favorites is a channel called New Horizon They have many different guided meditations we tend to use only the kids ones, we also use the more sleep type ones they have and play it in a speaker in the hallway as they are falling to sleep, they love it and it helps the meditation skill and they sleep faster!