What is Mindful Parenting?
Many parents can adopt a mindfulness practice, and find themselves becoming more mindful in every aspect of their life. But when it comes to practicing mindful parenting, adopting a practice may not be enough. Mindful parenting can foster a more calm and collaborative family environment, and be more likely to extend a mindfulness practice to children.
Interestingly, parents who simply had higher trait mindfulness did not see significantly better outcomes for their kids, suggesting that being mindful and being a mindful parent may be two different things.
A study conducted by the University of Vermont found three key factors of differentiation that defined a mindful parent:
Noticing your own feelings when you’re in conflict with your child,
Learning to pause before responding in anger,
Listening carefully to a child’s viewpoint even when disagreeing with it.
Read more on Mindful Magazine: https://www.mindful.org/mindful-parenting-may-keep-kids-trouble/