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Mindful parenting

Discussion in 'Buddhism DIR' started by Geoff-Allen, Jul 24, 2021.

  1. Geoff-Allen

    Geoff-Allen Resident megalomaniac

    Sep 9, 2014
    Greetings to one & all!

    I hope that you are enjoying your time here at the forum today.

    I wasn't sure where to post this little thread - the Buddhist section may be the best choice so that is what I did and here we are ...

    Parenting can be a tricky business - especially in a world as tense & troubled as this one happens to be at the present moment!

    I was reading a couple of websites on this important subject - here's a little taste -

    Managing our own emotions and behaviors is the key to teaching kids how to manage theirs. It is the reason airlines tell us to put our oxygen masks on before you can put on your child’s mask. You need to be regulated before you can model regulation for your child. Unfortunately, when you’re stressed out, exhausted, and overwhelmed, you can’t be available for your child.

    Mindful parenting does not mean being a “perfect parent” and is not something you can fail at. It is not easy and it takes practice, but like many aspects of parenting, some days are good and some are bad and you can always try again. You may forget to be mindful, but the second you realize you are distracted, it is an opportunity to make a different choice – the choice to be present.

    Mindful parenting means that you bring your conscious attention to what’s happening, instead of getting hijacked by your emotions. Mindfulness is about letting go of guilt and shame about the past and focusing on right now. It’s about accepting whatever is going on, rather than trying to change it or ignore it.

    Being a mindful parent means that you pay attention to what you’re feeling. It does not mean that you will not get angry or upset. Of course you will feel difficult emotions, but acting on them mindlessly is what compromises our parenting.

    Comes from this site but there are plenty more "out-there" in cyberland!

    Mindful Parenting: How to Respond Instead of React

    Wishing you all the best!