Mindful Parenting - the what and the how
Mindful parenting is the practice of pausing and bringing your attention to the here and now when you're with your children. This practice allows parents to step back from situations and become aware of the present emotions and needs of themselves and their children.
Being mindful in your parenting:
Allows you to become more aware of your own feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.
Assists you to become more aware of your child's feelings and needs.
Promotes and strengthens the parent/child relationship by allowing you to become more attuned to yourself and your child.
Helps you read the situation with less judgement and criticism.
Promotes calmness and improves your ability to problem solve.
Can enhance your ability to regulate your emotions, and in turn allows your child to learn to manage emotions in a similar way.
An intention to be mindful as a parent can be as simple as taking slow breaths before reacting, pausing, and asking "what is happening for my child and myself at this moment?" Slowing down and focusing on the present moment allows you to consider different options and respond in a way that is consistent with your parenting values.