Why should parents learn Mindfulness and Self-Awareness skills?

FOR OURSELVES

Life as a parent certainly has its fair share of stress! From fevers and teething, to carpools and getting dinner on the table, to the frequent worry that you might be doing something wrong—many parents feel as if their minds are endlessly spinning.  This constant doing takes a toll on our health and energy level, and it often affects how we interact with our kids and significant others, as well.

“Oxygen mask”

On an airplane, the flight attendant advises adult passengers to put the oxygen mask on themselves first before placing it on others.  As parents, we need to take care of ourselves first in order to take better care of our children.  Too often, we sacrifice our own needs in the hullaballoo of raising a family.  But if we are in no condition to take care of ourselves, how can we expect to interact with our children and our significant others with as much compassion, clarity, wisdom and humor as we would like? If our kids see us taking poor care of ourselves, then they won’t prioritize their own self-care.

Mindfulness and self-awareness practices give parents the skills and frame of mind to learn how to take time for themselves to heal, nourish, replenish, and grow as individuals.

FOR OUR CHILDREN

“You cannot teach what you have not learned”

We all want our children to be balanced, successful, and happy as they grow into adulthood.  As parents, it’s the lessons that we teach them that give them the tools to navigate life’s challenges.  But whether it’s algebra, acoustic guitar, or how to stay calm in tense situations, we cannot effectively teach things that we have not yet practiced ourselves.

Teach directly and by example

A parent who has learned mindfulness and self-awareness skills can teach them directly to her children.  More importantly, a parent who practices these skills can teach by example.   By modeling our behaviors, we subtly convey lessons to our children that will shape who they are and will last a lifetime.

In our Clear Parents course, we point out ways to adapt the techniques parents learn to make them child-friendly and easily incorporated into our families’ daily life and play.

FOR THE MOMENT

Our kids grow up so fast.  We eagerly anticipate every milestone and stage, yet so quickly miss the earlier experiences we had with our kids once they get there.  Learning to be more present in the moment can’t stop time from passing, but it can help us better appreciate each moment as it comes.