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Mindfulness Workshops for Parents, Teachers, and Caregivers

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Ivy Child, in partnership with the Center for Parents and Teachers, is hosting a series of mindfulness workshops for parents, teachers, and caregivers.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Educate caregivers on the benefits of mindfulness as a way to help reduce and manage stress and anxiety, improve wellness, strengthen relationships and connectivity, and build healthy habits

  • Provide mindful strategies and coping tools to support self-care and use with their children/children they serve

  • Enhance community well-being

Sessions will combine (but are not limited to) mindful movement with guided meditation, breathing exercises, partner/group activities and discussion, and other mindfulness exercises. Classes will provide a safe, open, and interactive environment for self-reflection and engagement with other caregivers.

2020 SCHEDULE

  • April 9

  • May 13

  • June 3

All workshops are held virtually from 7:00-8:30pm on zoom.

REGISTRATION INFO: Please register for each workshop individually. All workshops are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. We welcome all parents, educators, and other caregivers in the Concord-Carlisle and surrounding areas. No experience necessary to participate - come to any or all.

Some of the topics that will be discussed in the upcomig sessions are as follows:

  • Mindful Parenting - As parents, one of the most precious gifts we can give our children is our full presence, in the moment. Mindful parenting takes to heart the deep truth that we can only give to our children what we have given first and fundamentally to ourselves. As we become more aware of our own deepest needs through practice, mindful parenting also involves decoding and addressing the deeper needs of our children, rather than getting mindlessly caught up in and reacting to our day to day realities.

  • Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Mindfulness - Mindfulness work has a strong social emotional component. Through this session the focus will be on recognizing and understanding emotions, developing self-regulation, and developing empathy.

  • Mindfulness and Technology; Striking a Balance – This session focuses on managing the effects of daily tech use on our mental well-being and allow us to find balance in daily life, easing stress, developing self-compassion, and providing perspective. When a chime sounds off on our phone, many of us pull out our phones without even thinking about it. The impulse has become so automatic that we never take the time to question what we’re doing. We’re constantly being interrupted from whatever we’re doing several times an hour all day long, each day. That includes when we’re working on an important project at work that requires our full concentration to when we’re blocking out time for our families.

*This project is funded through CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and Winchester Hospital.

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