Mindfulness is experiencing each moment as it is happening. The tendency is for people to constantly have chatter in their heads. You might be playing with your child, but you’re thinking about what you have to do when you get to the office. To be mindful means that instead of thinking about what has happened or what’s going to happen, you’re completely focused on what is happening right now.
Mindful parenting teaches parents to become less reactive to the trials and tribulations of parenting. Mindful parenting involves keeping in mind what is truly important as we go about the activities of daily living with our children. Much of the time, we may find we need to remind ourselves of what that is. But even in our most trying moments as parents, we can deliberately step back and begin afresh, asking ourselves as if for the first time, “What is truly important here?”
In this workshop we will take a closer look into what parents need as resources to act in the way they want to be as parents and to respond to the needs of their children in a healthy manner.
How will Mindful Parenting Help Me?
**Decrease parenting stress **Increase confidence in parenting **Improve communication within your family **Cultivate connectedness with your child/ren **Develop healthy emotion regulation skills in both parents and child/ren
What to Expect at the Workshop:
Through meditation, group exercises, and discussion, parents will gain greater awareness and acceptance of themselves and their children. You will also be given short exercises to practice at home with your child/ren to bring more mindfulness into the daily routine of your family.
As parents, perhaps the most precious thing we can give our children is the gift of our full presence, in the moment.
Sonja is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher (MBSR Ottawa). In 2017, she founded MBSRjunior to make the benefits of mindfulness available to teens in our city. Sonja teaches mindfulness practices to youth at CHEO. For more information about Sonja please visit www.mbsrjunior.com.