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Mindful Parenting

5 Mantras For Mindful Mamas

Shannon MacLaggan | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Shannon MacLaggan

Mantras have the power to disconnect you from the disarray and the chaos and tap you into the beauty and the possibility of the here and now, before judgement and before thinking.

Gratitude In A Warring World

Pamela Alma Weymouth | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Pamela Alma Weymouth

I was raised to believe in the Charlie Brown version of Thanksgiving. Like many in my generation, I believed that Squanto and the Indians shared their corn willingly with the starving pilgrims in 1621 and taught them how to grow a bountiful harvest.

Practicing Mindfulness for You and Your Child

Kathy Walsh | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathy Walsh

What we focus on grows. Shedding light on the positive aspects of your child continues for many years to come. Believe in them even when they don't believe in themselves. When you wake up in the morning, before the day gets hectic, spend a moment visualizing your child.

No One Is Going to Save You

Olga Dossa | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Olga Dossa

It takes one decision. One decision that says that you are worth taking care of. One decision that says that you are going to figure this out. One decision that says that no matter what happens in the outside world, if Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

A How-To Guide to Parent-Child Relationship Repair

Andrea Nair | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Andrea Nair

Leave lots of space for your child to respond. The more she is able to talk about what is going on in her mind and body, the more she will process the event, leaving less to hold as a grudge later.

How to Build a Positive Relationship With Your Child

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

You are your child's ally, the one who will chart the course for her development. Therefore, it is important to guide her toward positive solutions.

How Can We Find Hope When Our Children Are Suffering?

Allison Carmen | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Allison Carmen

I am attached to my children. My desire for my children to be well, happy and peaceful will not waiver. I felt the strength of this commitment especially last summer, when my oldest daughter sustained a head injury.

How My Little Boy Has Slowed Me Down

Amanda Mushro | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Amanda Mushro

If you see me moving towards you at lightning speed, take a look a few yards behind me. That's where you find my boy. Just strolling along, no sense of urgency, taking it all in.

Your Children Don't Want You To Be Perfect

Cathy Cassani Adams | Posted 11.12.2014 | Parents
Cathy Cassani Adams

When we allow our children to be our teachers, they remind us of the value of seeing the world as they do, which involves living more simply, showing greater compassion and being more mindful.

Should We Encourage Our Kids to Pursue Their Passions or Face Reality?

Andrew Andestic | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Andrew Andestic

The truth is, we can see our passions in how we spend our time. I tell all my students, and my kids, that if they plan on becoming something, they better be doing it now. (That's usually when they settle on becoming a video game designer.)

Liberal, Well-Meaning Mom Blows It When Her Son Comes Out -- But Then She Feels Blessed

Susan Oren | Posted 10.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Susan Oren

Here was the ultimate mom test. Was I the real deal? At this crucial moment, probably the most important one of my life, my mind had shut down, and I'd lost my voice. I'd expected to perform much better. This had been a D-minus at best.

What Is Mindful Parenting?

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. | Posted 12.07.2014 | Parents
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.

Rather than pitting our needs against our children's, parenting mindfully involves cultivating an awareness, right in such moments, of how our needs are interdependent. Our lives are undeniably deeply connected.

Motherhood Mindset: Three Ways to Practice Mindfulness With Your Baby

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Dr. Juli Fraga

One of the ways we can remain present with our babies is to begin practicing the life-skills of mindfulness. Simply stated, mindfulness refers to paying attention, on purpose to the present moment.

5 Mantras for Mindful Parenting

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 11.16.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 09.22.2014 | 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.