Mindful parenting involves being present to our children just as they are in the moment; accepting them in their fullness, no matter how difficult or challenging that might be; responding to them with understanding and compassion as they find their way through the unchartered territory of their childhood and adolesence.
It also involves being present to our own parenting experience, with the awareness that we doing the best we can in the moment. This includes the ability to have compassion for ourselves when we feel that we have not made the best choices.
Mindful Parenting is not about learning tips for controlling our children, or establishing one-size-fits-all discipline techniques aimed at making our lives easier.
Rather, it is about recognising that parenting (like life) never has been or will be easy. It is about understanding that every child, family, situation, day, month, year and moment is different and needs to be approached afresh.
It is about establishing a particular approach which will enable our children to feel fully accepted just as they are, and fully supported on their journey towards becoming robust and resilient adults – however that might manifest.
Most importantly, Mindful Parenting starts with us ourselves: the way we are in the world and the approach that we model for our children.
For an excellent summary of Mindful Parenting, read this excerpt from Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting".
Mindful Parenting Programmes:
One-on-one Mindful Parenting coaching and facilitation:
R650 per hour (excluding travel on my part, if required)
Mindful Parenting Courses:
Two-hours weekly, over seven weeks, for parents, grandparents, carers and anyone else involved in raising children who would like to deepen their ‘parenting’ experience.
New programme coming up soon. Please be in touch for dates and cost