August 16, 2022

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The benefits of self-care and mindfulness extend to the entire family

The benefits of self-care and mindfulness extend to the entire family

You face a lot of stress as a parent. Are you pressed for time getting your children fed, dressed, and out the door? And how do you remain calm when your child acts up? Are there days when you find it more difficult to remain patient? By taking time to fill your own cup, you can better cope with the help of challenges of parenting.

It is possible for children to sense when their parents are tense or overwhelmed. When you are stressed out, does your child’s behavior improve or worsen? Managing your stress can help you be a mindful or responsive parent. You can become a stable foundation for your child’s storms by practicing mindfulness.

It is beneficial for everyone if you take care of yourself

Finding ways to nurture yourself, calm down, and respond patiently and kindly is beneficial for both you and your child. If you are calm, your child will think: “Now I can trust my parent, this is a safe environment.” Children who feel safe, develop better. Children who feel safe, are more curious and willing to explore. Safe, calm, nurturing, responsive and secure relationships are among the greatest gifts you can give your child. Your child will thrive when these relationships are present. Feeling better makes your child feel better as well. Can you suggest some ways to reduce your stress?

Get into your own nurturing routine of breathing, bathing, nourishing, moving, and sleeping. Talk to a friend if you need to. Take care of yourself throughout the day.

Here are five tips for remaining mindful as a parent

Listen – We tend to remain focused on our own goals when interacting with our children. Try to understand what your child is saying rather than focusing on what he or she is trying to say. Observe verbal and non-verbal cues carefully.

Be accepting of your own and your child’s feelings – Acknowledging all feelings, even the negative ones, is crucial. Instead of reacting out of frustration and anger, you can RESPOND with patience if you can accept a feeling without being overwhelmed by it.

Demonstrate empathy by imagining how your child may be feeling. What can you do if your child is upset? Can you acknowledge their upset while also showing love and limits?

During a baby’s crying or a toddler’s defiance, how do you manage your own emotions and reactions? The first thing you should do is…nothing! PASSION. Take a few deep breaths and pause for a moment. By doing so, you can calm your body and clear your mind.

Compassion – Instead of judging and blaming ourselves or our children, we can recognize that everyone struggles and these feelings are normal. Parenting is a process of discovering what works and what doesn’t. Try to be kind to yourself. Being present with yourself is just as important as meeting the needs of your child. With mindfulness, we can create a relationship that is calm, safe, responsive, nurturing, and secure. This is vital for early learning and success. Mindfulness is important.

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