Replacing Detention & Time-Out with Meditation

A new strategy at the Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland appears to be working. Since the beginning of last year, the school hasn’t had to suspend a single student since they began focusing on meditation as a new way to serve detention. Another benefit they noticed is an increase in attendance rates. Whenever a child misbehaves, they get sent to the ‘Mindful Moment Room’ and when they come out, they’re much more relaxed.

Baltimore isn’t the only area experimenting with meditation. In San Francisco, over 3,000 students participated in a study that showed significant academic growth in children that practiced transcendental meditation.

Learning new skills at school is great, but it’s much more powerful if it’s also practiced at the home as well. Time-out should be a positive experience where teens develop a new life skill rather than simply losing time. Many times, when we send out teens to time-out, the only thing that really gets accomplished is pounding at the door or things getting thrown at the wall. Instead, we should create a calm area in the home where they can spend time when they’re irritated, frustrated or angry.

Actress Goldie Hawn has created a signature program, MindUP, aimed at children and tweens to help them develop the mental fitness necessary to thrive in school, work and life. Published by Scholastic, this 15-lesson series is based on four pillars: neuroscience, social-emotional learning (SEL), positive psychology and mindful awareness. These lessons work together to build awareness and self-regulation that increases a child’s academic performance, self-control, empathy, and optimism.

And while our teens are practicing mindfulness, it would be a great idea for us to do the same ;)


The LoveEd Movement provides outreach and education for older teens and millennials on the dangers they face on and off-line as well as viable solutions for helping older teens and millennials make healthy relationship choices.

Please check out our Compassionate Dialogues Curriculum for teachers and school personnel to use with pre-teens, teens and millennials who are experiencing distress, depression, or are suicidal or homicidal.