As a mum whose husband works away for long periods, I’ve come to realise the importance of mindfulness in our daily routine. Being present in the moment is not just a powerful tool for me, but also for my kids, helping us navigate the ups and downs of everyday life with a positive outlook. 

An anchor in the chaos of parenting

Mindfulness acts as a steadying force in parenting, teaching us to take deep breaths and appreciate the little things. Even when the days are long and the challenges seem overwhelming. 

One of the best ways to embody this mindfulness practice is through mindful quotes.

I know they can seem cliche and somewhat basic but they really do serve as gentle reminders to stay grounded and focused. Having a mindful quote stuck to the fridge is sometimes the prompt I need to take a moment to breathe in the chaos of our daily lives.

In this blog post, I’ve compiled some beautiful mindfulness quotes that are simple and suited to kids. These have been instrumental in promoting mental health and serenity in our home. I have printed some of them out to put on the fridge and in the kids’ rooms.

Whether you’re seeking to reduce stress and anxiety or simply want to encourage a more mindful approach to life, I hope these quotes inspire and uplift.

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Mindful practices for the whole family

These one-liners are easy for young minds to digest and reflect on in daily life.

Print them out, stick them on your bathroom mirror, in school lunchboxes or on the back of the toilet door as a simple reminder to find a moment of inner peace through the day.

Mindfulness quotes for kids 

“The perfect moment is this one.” – Jon Kabatt Zinn

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“The past has no power over the present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

If your mind is empty, it is ready for anything. – Shunryu Suzuki

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” –  Thich Nhat Hanh

“You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather.” – Pema Chodron

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” – Buddha

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“A mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it isn’t open.” -Frank Zappa

“When you focus on the good, the good gets better.” – Abraham Hicks

“Forever is composed of nows.” ― Emily Dickinson

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” – Lao Tzu

“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.”

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes … including you.” — Anne Lamott

“Slow down, you’ll get there faster.” ― Katherine King

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Respond; don’t react. Listen; don’t talk. Think; don’t assume.” ― Raji Lukkoor

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” – Amit Ray

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“A mind set in its ways is wasted.” – Eric Schmidt

“No matter how difficult the past, you can always begin again today.” – Jack Kornfield

“Life is available only in the present moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“The past has no power over the present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Mindfulness helps us to live in harmony with our thoughts, words, and actions.” – Amit Ray

“The mind is just like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.” – Idowu Koyenikan

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice,” – Steve Jobs

“We must exist right here, right now!” Shunryu Suzuki

“Today, me will live in the moment. Unless the moment is unpleasant, in which case me will eat a cookie.” – Cookie Monster

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Sayings to help with mindfulness practice in day to day life as parents

These quotes might not be as easy for little minds to understand but are helpful as parents to guide and ground you in everyday life. Parenthood is one of the most challenging experiences in life mostly because we know that the way we parent can have a positive impact directly on our children. I know that words of wisdom from others offers a different perspective and are an anchor for emotional regulation especially in stressful times during FIFO life!

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Words of wisdom to help with a positive mindset for parents and kids

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake.”  – Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts. You cannot control the results, only your actions. Suffering usually relates to wanting things to be different from the way they are.” – Allan Lokos

“Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“The difference between misery and happiness depends on what we do with our attention.” – Sharon Salzberg

“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” – Eckhart Tolle

 “The basic root of happiness lies in our minds; outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favourable.” – Matthieu Ricard

“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present… gratefully.” – Maya Angelou

“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance. Perfect prayer does not consist in many words, silent remembering and pure intention raises the heart to that supreme Power.” – Amit Ray

“Life is a collection of moments. Mindfulness is beautification of the moments.” – Amit Ray

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. Because you are alive, everything is possible.” –  Thich Nhat Hanh

“Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.” – Deepak Chopra

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Karma, when properly understood, is just the mechanics through which consciousness manifests.” – Deepak Chopra

“As long as we’re caught up in always looking for certainty and happiness, rather than honoring the taste and smell and quality of exactly what is happening, as long as we’re always running from discomfort, we’re going to be caught in a cycle of unhappiness and discomfort, and we will feel weaker and weaker. This way of seeing helps us develop inner strength. And what’s especially encouraging is the view that inner strength is available to us at just the moment when we think that we’ve hit the bottom, when things are at their worst.” – Pema Chodron

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” ― Amit Ray

 “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength.” ― Marcus Aurelius

“Let go of the battle. Breathe quietly and let it be. Let your body relax and your heart soften. Open to whatever you experience without fighting.” — Jack Kornfield

“We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night.” Jack Kornfield

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle

 “Next, feel your heart, literally placing your hand on your chest if you find that helpful. This is a way of accepting yourself just as you are in that moment, a way of saying, “This is my experience right now, and it’s okay.” Then go into the next moment without any agenda.” – Pema Chodron

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki

“The whole world opens when we accept this moment, this very moment.” – Deepak Chopra

 “At the centre of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” – Lao Tzu

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“Clearly recognizing what is happening inside us, and regarding what we see with an open, kind and loving heart, is what I call Radical Acceptance. If we are holding back from any part of our experience, if our heart shuts out any part of who we are and what we feel, we are fueling the fears and feelings of separation that sustain the trance of unworthiness.” – Tara Brach

“Allow the feelings to be present, without pushing them away and without getting lost in them. Investigate the feelings in your body and mind. Explore the landscape of the emotion with curiosity and interest.” – James Baraz

“Peace of mind arrives the moment you come to peace with the contents of your mind. Thoughts will lead you in circles. Silence will bring you back to your centre. Take a walk outside – it will serve you far more than pacing around in your mind.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru 

“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.” – Buddha

“This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself: everything you want, you already are.” – Rumi

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” –  Thich Nhat Hanh

“Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.” — Deepak Chopra

“These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.” – Najwa Zebian

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.” – Bryant McGill

“Paradise is not a place; it’s a state of consciousness.” ― Sri Chinmoy

“She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures and doubts, but because she continued on despite them.” – Beau Taplin

“Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choice. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom.” ― Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

“Mindfulness is a simple practice, but not an easy one… but you are worth doing hard things.” ― Nicole Davis

“Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be” – Sonia Recotti

 “A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health. – Dalai Lama

“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse

“Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour.” – Walt Whitman