Can mindfulness practices strengthen your parenting skills?

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Can mindfulness practices strengthen your parenting skills?

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.  While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis. 

Check out this article by K.Pace which looks at how mindfulness could help with parenting.


Article by K.Pace

Parenting adolescents can be challenging due to the rapid changes happening for young people cognitively, emotionally, physically and socially. Intense emotions for both child and parent are common during this stage of life — and research shows that parental practices and adult mental health play important roles in how young people learn to navigate emotions and develop overall mental health and wellbeing.

One approach to strengthening parenting practices and promoting positive youth development is the development of skills in mindfulness. Mindfulness is commonly defined as paying attention in the present moment with openness, curiosity, flexibility and kindness for self and others. It is about becoming more able, more often to notice without judgment our internal experiences including our feelings, thoughts, state of mind, mood, breath and other sensations in our bodies.

According to Pennsylvania State University parenting education researchers, teaching parents to be mindful in their daily interactions with their kids may be one way to improve the quality of parent-adolescent relationships and improve youth psychological development. Coupled with evidence-based parenting education programs, the researchers are integrating mindfulness practices with the goal of increasing parents’ attention to their parenting—as well as helping parents focus on their intention of parenting. Parents learn to understand their emotional “triggers” and shift away from automatic patterns of reaction that may not be serving them or their children well.”


Read the full article by clicking here.

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