This workshop is an introduction to the ‘Mindful Parenting’ course. This workshop aims to give parents an insight into what mindful parenting is as well as different coping mechanisms they can introduce into their home when feeling overwhelmed. There will be short meditation practices given for parents to practice by themselves and meditations to do with children too (all ages).
This Mindful Parenting course was created to help bring a sense of calmness to parents who lead stressful and busy lives. It is a recent adaptation of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme. The course includes mindful practices and theory and aims to help parents understand the impact of the parent-child relationship on the development of the child. There is a strong emphasis on parental self-care, and the meditation practices taught are short to reflect the busy nature of parenting.
Through the practice of mindful parenting, parents can develop the capacity to be less reactive and more responsive in communications with their children. This course will give parents coping mechanisms for when they find themselves in stressful situations. The program itself is based on knowledge of the best of parenting research in addition to newer psychological research on the science of compassion, attachment, and cognitive schemas. The greatest gift to give your child is your presence.