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Mindful Parenting

Principles of mindful parenting


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. 



Books on Positive Parenting & Addressing Behavior Problems

Neuroscience, Child Development and Mindful Parenting

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Neuroscientific understanding of how brain functioning translates to a range of child behaviors and parent-child interactions, and tips on how to use the information to improve parenting and attachment. 

Positive Attachment & Collaborative Problem Solving

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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!

Relationship Building; Addressing/Prevention of Child Behavior Problems

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Full of examples, this book lays out foundations of positive communication to help children feel heard and valued without giving up the important role of setting boundaries and expectations. 

Understanding Adolescence / Optimal Parent-Teen Communication

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Mindfulness & Discipline

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Based on neuroscience and mindfulness, these authors of "The Whole-Brain Child" provide parenting advice for positive discipline / child behavior problems and attachment.

Challenging Behavior Problems

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Provides a review of temperment traits and strategies for retraining for a more accurate and friendly perspective on child behavior challenges. 

TOOLS for Organizing and Setting Expectations

Decluttering & Organizing

Decluttering /organizing at home can  greatly reduce stress and assist with household efficiency.

Decluttering/organizing at home can greatly assist with household efficiency.

Responsibility Chart

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Melissa & Doug Responsiblity Chart provides a way to track expectations and accomplishments (best for younger children).

Magnetic Chore Chart

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A magnetic chores chart can help keep things on track at home and clarify expectations (works well for older children and teens). 

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