8-Week Mindful Parenting Course

8-Week Mindful Parenting Course

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  • 8-Week Mindful Parenting Course

Parenting can be immensely rewarding and nourishing, but can also be stressful and involve a non-stop stream of changing emotions. Of all the variables we face as parents, the one we can have the most influence over is ourselves. With mindfulness we can learn to slow down and attend to our children and ourselves with greater awareness and compassion, so that we better manage our responses and fully appreciate more of the precious moments with our families.

Mindfulness is a practice of training our attention to be more in the present moment, along with cultivating qualities such as compassion and kindness. By practicing mindfulness, we are better able to self-regulate, be more aware of our emotions, make better decisions and respond to situations with less reactivity and greater clarity and compassion.

The best way to share mindfulness with our children is to exemplify it in our relationships with them. This, in turn, will teach them to how to better manage stress and emotions, and improve their overall sense of self-mastery and well-being.

About the Course

This eight-week mindful parenting course will teach you the key mindfulness skills that have been shown to help people cope better with stress, anxiety and everyday demands and pressures, and will help you to strengthen your inner resources as a parent. The course will also include practices that you can use at home with your family, so you can begin to weave mindfulness into daily family life.

The course consists of eight, two-hour sessions, which will include a combination of meditation practices, psycho-educational components, and group discussions. In between the sessions, there will be home practice assignments of up to 30 minutes per day in total, which helps to build mindfulness into daily life and allows you to access the benefits of mindfulness. As part of the course, there is also a full-day retreat, which is a lovely opportunity to take the day for yourself and to deepen your mindfulness practice using the skills you have learnt.

Over the 8-week period, you will learn:

  • The ways in which stress can negatively impact our parenting;
  • How mindfulness can help us bring more awareness to our patterns of reactivity, and cultivate emotional resilience, kindness and compassion;
  • Simple mindfulness practices to improve our ability to listen, communicate and regulate our emotions as parents;
  • How self-compassion can help us when we feel that we aren’t living up to our own or other’s standards; and
  • Practical ways in which we can use mindfulness to nurture ourselves as well as our children; and
  • Practices we can integrate into daily family life.

Notes:

  • No prior mindfulness experience required
  • This course is suitable for parents with children of any age?
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