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If the day ever came when we were able to accept ourselves and our children exactly as we are and they are, then, I believe we would have come to an understanding of what "good parenting" means.

Fred Rogers

Mindful Self Compassion for Parents

"Caring for ourselves with kindness & compassion, whatever our parenting journey brings..."

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, (evidenced based) 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the research of Kristin Neff, PhD and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, PhD, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enableparticipants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

Self-compassion involves being kind to oneself in times of difficulty, being mindfully aware of difficult thoughts & emotions and recognizing the shared nature of human suffering. Increasing parent levels of self-compassion has been shown to nurture resiliency, decrease parenting stress, develop skills in handle difficult emotions with greater ease, and improve parent-child relationships.

Sara Marlowe a Trained Teacher in MSC and Registered Social Worker. I have been offering MSC groups to parents / caregivers of children with a health condition. I am excited to be offering this group to parents in the community. Michelle Denis MacDougall is a registered psychotherapist, long-time mindfulness practitioner and Hand in Hand Parenting Professional.

DATES: Tuesday mornings, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., March 26 - May 21, 2019 (1/2 day retreat on May 7th).

COST: $500  If you have extended benefits, part of this program may be covered under RSW or RP services. Please contact your insurance provider to inquire. Otherwise, it can be counted as a medical expense on your income taxes.

LOCATION: It will take place at Transense Healing Arts Holistic Centre. 344 Bloor St. West. Fully wheelchair accessible.

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Sara at info @ mindfulfamilies.ca to indicate interest and receive a registration form.

As a parent, I have found my own practice of MSC to have greatly influenced how I respond, not only to children, but to myself in challenging parenting moments...

Nurturing connection, one breath at a time...