What is Mindful Parenting?
Mindful Parenting has parents look inward to identify personal triggers and develop ways to create mindfulness, ways to avoid boiling over and ways to increase positive thoughts. Parents will gain valuable tools for becoming calmer, happier and less reactive.
In Mindful Parenting, parents learn to apply the skills of mindfulness to themselves and to their experience of parenting their children.
Why Mindful Parenting?
When under stress, parenting skills are found to collapse. Parents may have learned parenting skills from workshops, books, or other programs. However, when under stress or other intense emotions, parents can end up yelling at their children, threatening, bargaining, and some will hit/spank. To add to this negative experience, the knowledge of how a “good” parent should handle difficulties may result in parents becoming more harsh and upset with themselves for having ‘lost it’. This negative cycle continues.
In Mindful Parenting, parents learn to be present with their full experience and acknowledge and accept it. When we acknowledge our reactions as parents and accept them for what they are, we can take a more kind and compassionate stance towards ourselves and our children. When we accept our situation and see it clearly, we are more likely to be able to make changes.
The Mindful Parenting Program will help parents develop skills:
- To respond less reactively to parenting stress
- Take better care of themselves
- Develop more empathy and compassion for themselves and for their child
- Tolerate difficult emotions in themselves and their child
- Recognize patterns from their own upbringing as they arise in the here and now relationship with their child
Week 1: Intro and Auto-Pilot Parenting
Week 2: Beginners mind/ Reconnecting with our body as a parent
Week 3: Responding vs Reacting Parenting Patterns
Week 4: Conflict & Parenting Loving Limits
Week 5: A mindful path through Parenting
Week 6: Bringing it all together, review and staying the path
Monday Evenings 7:00-9:00 PM Jan. 16, 2017 - Feb 27, 2017.