Just 4 Minutes of Mindful Music Meditation Can Change Your Child’s Morning

Between getting dressed, eating breakfast, making sure last night’s homework was completed and catching an early morning school bus, children and parents alike often experience chaotic mornings before the school day even begins.

Thousands of Cincinnati-area students are beginning their school days with 4 minutes of quiet reflection and music as part of the Mindful Music Moments program, created by educator and author Stacy Sims.

Sims, whose work involves programs intended to encourage meaningful social engagement, has designed programs such as MMM to counter the challenging behaviors that educators often find in children – behaviors that are usually rooted in things such as anxiety and depression. Just 4 minutes of practicing mindfulness through listening to music and meditation can help children to calm down and regroup before their long day ahead.

Due to the typical school day’s hectic and overcrowded schedule, MMM was initially met with concern from parents. “One day, I heard the morning announcements, and it dawned on me – this would be the perfect time,” says Sims.

Only 4 minutes at the beginning of the day, before the overcrowded school schedule begins, could make all the difference in a child’s day.

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