Mindful Moments Help Reduce Anxiety
There are many benefits to being fully present as a parent. When you are not distracted by the instant feedback of technology, you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings. This can help you listen more fully and respond with greater empathy to your children. It also invites you to refresh yourself by paying attention to the physical need to relax your eyes (soft focus), stretch your hands, your neck, your legs and breathe. READ MORE>>
Mindful Parenting and Self-Compassion
In the practice of self-compassion we treat ourselves with the same care and kindness we would show a treasured friend. Dr. Kristin Neff, trainer and researcher on self-compassion, encourages parents to differentiate between self-esteem and self compassion. Self-esteem, she suggests, is based on performance - judging yourself as a "good parent" or a "bad parent". Self-compassion encourages parents to experience their mistakes and imperfections without criticism or harsh judgment. READ MORE>>
Cultivating Mindfulness from "Inside Out"
If you took your kids to see the recent movie "Inside Out", you were introduced to the core emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. In the movie, the character Joy, trying hard to protect Riley from experiencing distressing emotions, becomes bossy, and judgemental while engaging in heroic attempts to prevent Riley from just experiencing her emotions. Joy is a lot like the protective parent, trying so hard to do everything right so that their child does not suffer. READ MORE>>