Mindful Parenting

Mother and Daughter Holding HandsParenting can be one of the most challenging roles of our lives—yet few us walk into it having the inner resources and skill sets it demands. What if it were possible to learn new skills that would help to manage the stress of parenting, better care for our own well-being, foster emotional connection, and cultivate a child’s capacity for self-reflection?

Mindfulness practices can be a great source of refuge while managing the challenges of modern-day parenting. Over thirty years of research has empirically shown that developing the skills of mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety, improve well-being, increase relationship satisfaction, adaptability, empathy, and compassion.

Being a mindful parent means living with greater awareness of our moment-to-moment experience while cultivating a nonjudgmental acceptance of ourselves and our children. Modeled after the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, this eight-week mindful parenting class teaches the formal practices and key principles of mindfulness, communication techniques that foster deep listening and skillful responding, and strategies that can help children learn to self-regulate and reflect while navigating their own life experiences.

This class meets weekly for two hours and includes short talks, group discussions, and formal mindfulness practices. With a commitment to involvement within and outside of class, participants will learn life skills that can enhance all aspects of daily life and increase connection with the children in their lives.

Contact amy@abelovedlife.com to learn about upcoming offerings.