Parenting with mindfulness involves:
Creating a safe, calm, predictable environment.
Familiarity with normal child development so child behavior can be perceived as normal given where they are developmentally; or as an indication of the need for more support if problem behavior is not normative. This can help prevent parenting overreactions.
Recognizing children's basic temperamental traits and understanding how they may differ from that of parents/caregivers. Recognizing certain traits are not "right" or "wrong" but may present challenges to effective functioning and require collaborative problem solving to address.
Communicating mindfully to foster understanding, receptivity and collaborative problem solving. Awareness of how specific language and word choices can affect issues such as self-concept, interactions, and emotional regulation.
Reframing unhelpful, excessively harsh judgment so as to be more understanding of a child's perspective and protect their sense of self-worth.
Understanding and managing stress response so children and adults can become more receptive and less reactive.
These approaches can foster secure attachment and contribute to positive developmental outcomes. The books below provide further parenting advice and examples to illustrate these principles.
Revamping approaches to parenting via clear instructions on how to retrain old reactive/ineffective parenting habits and develop the capacity to have collaborative, constructive conversations with your child, just when you thought it wasn't possible!
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