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Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

Elizabeth Stone

Mindful Parenting

Introduction to Mindful Parenting: Half Day Workshop, The Centre for Mindfulness Studies. Registerfor September 24, 2016, 1:00 pm -4:00 p.m. HERE or October 22, 2016, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. HERE

Discover how mindfulness can help you navigate the ups and downs of parenting. Parents can learn to be fully present with their children and teenagers – in both shared moments of joy as well as when their buttons have been pushed to the limit. Mindfulness teaches awareness and regulation of automatic reactions and behaviours. It supports the and the development of compassion for self and others. Parents can use mindfulness when facing common challenges such as comforting a colicky baby, responding to toddler tantrums, helping children cope with school, or communicating with teenagers.

In this experiential workshop, participants will learn:

  • Mindfulness practices and how they apply to parenting
  • How to develop present-moment awareness in day-to-day parenting
  • Ways to avoid ‘knee-jerk’ parenting reactions
  • Practices to nurture self-care

3. Mindful Parenting Group: We connect with our children by connecting with ourselves...

Dan Siegel, Psychiatrist and Parenting expert claims that the greatest gift we can offer our children is getting to know ourselves.  A recent study found that self-compassionate parents have happier teenagers. In this 6-week experiential group, parents (and parents-to-be) will learn and practice a variety of formal meditations as well as informal mindfulness practices, to integrate into our lives and our parenting. Mindfulness supports us to navigate life's challenges and to learn to fully show up for the moments of joy.  We will integrate mindfulness practice and attitudes, such as acceptance, compassion, patience, trust and letting-be into communication with our families. We will reflect on our values for parenting and cultivate space to bring these values into our everyday interactions. We will also explore how keeping the "brain in mind" can support families to stay connected with each other when navigating challenging emotions that may come to visit.

 Dates: TBA

Nurturing connection, one breath at a time...