by Dana Asby
Stress can be toxic to the body and mind. When parents are stressed, they’re less likely to be well attuned to their children. Research shows that mindfulness can reduce stress, increase happiness, and help parents better understand their child’s needs, leading to a family that feels more connected through a bond of love. By weaving mindfulness into the fabric of your family’s life, you will see improvements in your children and partner’s positive attitudes and behaviors.
Parent in the Moment has created a short webinar to teach you some quick, simple, actionable ways to make mindfulness a habit for every member of your family. We’ve broken down the sometimes nebulous concept of mindfulness into 5 habits:
1. Be present.
2. Be calm.
3. Be compassionate.
4. Be grateful.
We’ll show you how to practice each of these 5 habits as a parent and how to teach your children to practice them as well. Children look to the adults in their lives as models for how to calm their extreme emotions, handle conflicts, and interact with loved ones and strangers.
In this webinar, you’ll learn valuable tools to help you and your family remain mindful even in the midst of chaos. We’ll teach you how to emotion coach your child through the inevitable conflicts that arise using a simple strategy that will help your child reflect on their actions and take agency of conflict resolution. You’ll also learn how to use breath work and brain-calming exercises to stop stress in the moment so you can be a better parent. We adapt these activities for kids to introduce them to mindfulness in ways that excite them.
Here’s one of the exercises we’ll show you in the webinar:
1. First, stretch out your arms and put your hands palm up in front of you.
2. We’re going to charge up our wrist webs by breathing in through our noses as we clench our fists in. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
3. Hold that breath as we count up to five to keep charging your webs. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
4. In just a second, we’re going to shoot the webs as far as we can while we let all of our breath out through our mouths. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
5. Let’s keep doing that until we run out of webs.
*For fans of Frozen, parents can have children charge up Elsa’s icicles and let them go instead.
We know parents are busy, so we’ll teach you how to adapt these 5 mindful habits in just 30 minutes. Join us after bedtime at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13. We’re so passionate about helping parents reduce their stress with mindfulness that we’re offering this live webinar for free. Join us to ask us questions about mindful parenting and to learn about how mindfulness can bring your family together by registering for this webinar at tinyurl.com/FebMindfulHabits.