Welcome! We are here to talk about silence, and the benefits that it can bring to modern childhood and family life.

Bringing good silence into the home can include mindfulness practices like sitting and guided meditation

but also dedicated time spent away from screens and technology.

 

play

Research shows that kids spend less time outside than those of previous generations. This can have adverse affects on their emotional and physical well-being.

create

Kids thrive with scissors, paper, glue, and tape. Their parents also do well with using their hands to tap into their creative side. The process is more valuable than the product.

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be

Being able to be truly present in the moment can take some practice. This practice of focusing our minds on the here and now, without judgement, can help improve calm, health, compassion, and resilience.

We believe that good and strong silence plays an important role in child development and promotes physical and mental health.

 

This website is dedicated to engaging families in creating space and time in their home for mindfulness. We will share recent articles and research by leaders in the field that are studying the health of our children, and also the proven results from meditation.

 

 

Childhood should be time of wonder.

Everything unfolds for the first time...yet this time has become busier than every for our children, with many demands on their time and attention. Making room for silence helps balance the speed of modern life.

 
 
 

Hello and Welcome! I am Erin Sheehan, a mother, student, writer, and someone who seeks silence. This site was created to explore the benefit of making space for "good silence" in childhood. I am almost done earning my master's degree in Mindfulness Studies and have been busy developing and delivering mindfulness programs for children, teens, and their parents. Visit my professional website - MAPMindfulness for more information on those programs.

Thank you for joining the conversation!

Silence in childhood means

turning off electronics, slowing down the endless pace of organized, adult-led activities, and just allowing for quiet.

 

Silence allows

for a different sort of space for children to be in where there are no expectations or outcomes to reach. This state of quiet being is replenishing not only to their senses, but in turn, to their developing brains.

Silence in the home

allows children to strike a balance between learning and doing - and just being. This balance helps to build resiliency and healthy a strong emotional state.

Silence naturally

draws children in, and it is important as their caretakers to help them find it.

Silence is growing

in popularity with other mindfulness practices as important tools for today's world. These are natural and sustaining practices that are now supported by much research, including the recent neuroscience work. As a student and reseacher in this field, I spend a great deal of time with this growing body of science. My work is especially dedicated to how these practices can assist children, adolescents and teens that are growing up in this fast-paced and digital society. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have on this research and work.

 

Their time to explore and wander is often limited by organized activities and digital media. The effects this is having on their overall well-being are coming into questions as anxiety and depression disorders continue to climb.

 

SILENCE.

Silence away from media, electronics, instruction, coaches, and demands. Sometimes this silence comes from time spent in nature, or just time with books and crafts at home. Parents can cultivate intentional times where they encourage children to shut devices off, and engage in a quiet activity. Some silence activities can include mindfulness meditation. We'll discuss this at length on this site.

While we still celebrate the natural and wild noise of childhood, we believe that children also crave quiet. We will explore the idea of silence and meditation as tools to help build a strong foundation, benefiting a child's entire life and overall well-being.