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. 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 mindful parenting class teaches practices that have been empirically shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve well-being, increase relationship satisfaction, adaptability, empathy and compassion. In addition to being introduced to the practices and key principles of mindfulness, participants will learn communication tools to enhance their ability to listen, skillfully respond and make requests of children. They will also learn strategies to help children self-regulate and navigate their own emotional worlds. This eight-week 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 their children.

8-Week Mindful Parenting Classes in the Kansas City Area
Wednesdays, January 25th thru March 15th
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
at the University of Missouri, Kansas City

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