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Mindful Parenting

5 Mantras for Mindful Parenting

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

Taking a mindful pause is one of the most important actions we can take to make us more patient in our parenting. Yes, our children push our buttons; they challenge and frustrate us. But many of their behaviors are out of our control.

It's Hard to Be a Kid! Tips for Compassionate Parenting

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

Compassion literally means "to feel with" or "to suffer with" another person. It means seeing something the way they do, and experiencing it with them. Here's what I've learned about being a more compassionate parent, especially in the moments when compassion may not come readily.

'Mommy, Are You Paying Attention?'

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

Yes, there are important tasks that need to get done. And making time for ourselves is important. But what do we miss by not paying attention? We miss the now. And that's pretty much everything...

8 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

The purpose of teaching mindfulness to our children is to give them skills to develop their awareness of their inner and outer experiences, to understand how emotions manifest in their bodies and to recognize when their attention has wandered and to provide tools for control.

4 Lessons From My Daughter

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Dr. Juli Fraga

Every year as my daughter's birthday approaches, I take time to think about what parenting has taught me. I reflect on the lessons I want to pass down to her and the stories I want to share. And every year, I realize that she is one of my best teachers.

5 Mindful Things I Do Every Day

Kellie Edwards | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Kellie Edwards

Mindfulness can sound far more complicated than it actually is. I like to describe it as being aware of what is happening as it is happening. It isn't the normal way of operating in our busy lives, so it takes a conscious decision and practice to become mindful rather than living in the past or future.

Let Your Kids Live in the Present

Michaela Fox | Posted 08.30.2014 | Parents
Michaela Fox

Children have the extraordinary capacity to disappear into the moment.As parents, we are the gatekeepers of time. And we are preoccupied with it. We are constantly clock watching to see when we need to race out the door to the next activity.

7 Steps to Being Less Hard On Our Kids

Andrea Nair | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Andrea Nair

The most important thing to remember is that we have a choice. We can actively choose to be friendly instead of harsh. The trick is to have a strategy in place. I call this a calm-down plan, which helps when you don't feel friendly.

Growing Up Is So Hard!

Joree Rosenblatt | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Joree Rosenblatt

Our minds are incredibly powerful and I am trying to impress to my daughter that her power to believe in herself is the single most influential indicator of her accomplishments, success and sense of pride.

3 Things Parents Have To Actually Do (Not Just Talk About)

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

It's the double-edged sword of parenting that your children are always watching you. What you say and do speaks volumes -- aim to be a positive example. Your kids will thank you. Eventually.

The True Meaning Of Mantras

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 05.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Rudell Beach

As tools, mantras can no more control our thoughts or our children than our iPhones can control the person with whom we are speaking. But they can facilitate communication and understanding. And they certainly make our lives easier.

Sh*t Happens, Parenting Style

Brian Leaf | Posted 05.26.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

Tiger Mom: Sh*t happens. Now spell it!!!! Mindful Parenting: I am aware that sh*t is happening.

Bubbles and Giggles: Reminders of How to be a Mindful Parent

Joree Rosenblatt | Posted 05.21.2014 | Parents
Joree Rosenblatt

It is so easy, as our kids grow up, to use their independent abilities as an excuse to stop spending quality time with them.

If Only

Nicole Scott | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Nicole Scott

As parents, we all know having children does something to time. Before children, time seemed steady and sure. Now, it's like I'm on a roller coaster that's going downhill, full-speed, my life flashing by me in blurred images.

The Profound Parenting Lesson I Learned From A Very Bad Day

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2014 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

My son's words were my own. His feelings were a manifestation of what he had silently observed and internalized his father doing only five days earlier. I hadn't realized that he soaked in that much of the fight, but here were my words, returned to haunt me.

Why Shame Sucks (Especially for Kids) and How You Can Stop It

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

Children are especially vulnerable to shame. Self-centered and dependent, young humans will easily translate, "You did something bad," into, "You ARE bad." We need to be aware and careful about the messages we send.

It's OK If You Don't 'Love Every Minute of It'

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

Motherhood is profound and amazing and life-changing. It's also really hard. And we knew that going in.

Controlling Your Anger Through Mindful Parenting

Posted 01.30.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

With its copious health benefits and strong connection to who we really are, it just makes sense to apply mindfulness to your entire life. That in...

What I Believe (So Far... From a Parent's Perspective)

Michelle Gale | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Michelle Gale

I believe it's my work as a parent to become present enough to offer my children the space to grow into who they are truly meant to become.

Dr. Juli Fraga: Letting Myself Go

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Dr. Juli Fraga

My fantasy about working and motherhood did not match my reality. After a few weeks back at work, I felt like my career determination had fizzled. I couldn't imagine being at work and missing out on time with my baby.

Sarah Rudell Beach: Why Mindful Parenting Works for Me

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

Whether you derive your parenting philosophy from Seinfeld or the Buddha, it pretty much comes down to this: What can I control?

How To Set Limits For Kids Without Harshness, Fear Or Shame

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

Kids need boundaries and limits to feel safe. But setting and enforcing them is tricky, especially if you are trying to avoid coercion, threats and bribes.

7 Things To Do When Your Kid Is Being Defiant

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 03.16.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

There is something about your child looking you straight in the eye and saying, "No, I won't do that," "I hate you" or "You can't make me" that challenges you to the core. You are so not alone.

Lisa Kring: The 5 Main Tenets of Mindful Parenting

Lisa Kring | Posted 12.14.2013 | Parents
Lisa Kring

As parents, perhaps the most precious thing we can give our children is the gift of our full presence, in the moment.

The Most Important Thing My Kids Have Taught Me

Lindsey Mead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

Children are the most stubbornly here-now creatures in the world and simultaneously the most unavoidable reminders of how fast life passes.