How To Help Your Preschooler Navigate Emotions Through Mindfulness

How To Help Your Preschooler Navigate Emotions Through Mindfulness

Does your little one have strong emotions? A child who shows heightened feelings, gets easily agitated, and frequently throws tantrums, breakdowns, or outbursts? A child who displays strong feelings of disappointment, worry, rage, or frustration?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Many parents are coping with intense emotions from their kids. And knowing how to encourage and assist your child when they are experiencing these intense emotions can be incredibly difficult. This is particularly true if you are raising your kid differently than how you were raised and have never had a parental role model for these skills. 

Sometimes, you may feel like you are in far too much trouble. Therefore, it’s crucial to teach them some coping mechanisms for handling those intense emotions. Here are a few practical mindful practices to try:

Simple Breathing Exercises

Teaching preschoolers to be mindful often starts with the breath. Simple breathing exercises can help them anchor their emotions and find calmness. Try the “flower breath” game: have your child pretend they are smelling a flower by taking a slow, deep breath and then pretend to blow out birthday candles with a slow exhale. This not only introduces mindfulness but also helps regulate their emotions.

Recognising Emotions

Helping preschoolers identify and name their emotions are crucial in developing emotional intelligence. Create a “feeling faces” chart with various expressions and ask your child to point to the face representing their feelings. This simple activity fosters self-awareness and opens the door for conversations about emotions.

Mindful Storytelling

Preschoolers love stories, and incorporating mindfulness into storytelling can be both fun and educational. Choose books that explore emotions and mindfulness themes. During the story, pause to discuss how characters might be feeling and ask your child to share their thoughts. This not only enhances their understanding of emotions but also encourages empathy.

Mindful Movement

Kids are naturally active, so incorporating mindful movement can be an effective way to teach them about the mind-body connection. Activities like yoga for kids, simple stretching exercises, or even a mindful walk in nature can help them become aware of their bodies and feelings in a positive way.

Creating a Mindful Environment

Your environment plays an essential role in fostering mindfulness. Create a dedicated space for quiet time and relaxation. This can be a cozy corner with pillows and soft lighting. Encourage your child to use this space when they need a moment to calm down or reflect on their feelings.

Patience and Consistency

Introducing mindfulness to preschoolers is a process that requires patience and consistency. Be prepared for repetition, as young children often learn through consistent exposure. Celebrate small victories and encourage them to use mindfulness techniques during both calm and challenging moments.


Helping preschoolers navigate their emotions through mindfulness is a valuable gift in a world filled with constant stimuli. By incorporating simple mindful activities, and creating a supportive environment, we can empower our little ones to understand, express, and manage their emotions effectively. As we guide them on this journey, we not only nurture their emotional well-being but also provide them with lifelong tools for resilience and self-discovery.

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