Mindfulness is the art of paying attention in the present moment without judgment. There is a growing body of evidence supporting the physical and emotional benefits of mindfulness. These include greater presence: consciously choosing to be in this moment, rather than missing it as we focus on the future or the past. And greater acceptance: of circumstances beyond our control, and most importantly, of ourselves and our loved ones.
Parenting mindfully means parenting with conscious awareness, intentionality, and compassion. It is not a skill we can expect to master, but a set of tools we can use to engage fully and meaningfully with our children throughout our days together.
Mindful Parenting teaches how to:
- Cultivate a secure, healthy attachment with your children
- Integrate your own childhood experiences (including adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs) so they do not unconsciously influence your parenting
- Notice the stories you tell yourself about your children, and recognize how your own thoughts and feelings may influence the content
- Notice how your emotions such as fear or guilt influence your response to your children
- Build effective communication skills with your children
- Recognize and focus on your children’s strengths and talents
- Recognize when you are stressed / distressed and learn tools for self soothing
- Develop positive discipline techniques with your children
- Recognize and regulate your anger
- Recognize and honor the uniqueness of your child
- Respond to your child and yourself with compassion
- Reduce negative judgment of yourself as a parent