Mindfulness in Parenting
Background: Parenting is one of the most challenging and stressful jobs. At the same time, its significance lies in the influence it has on the life of the one being parented. Various cognitive and behavioral models teach us how to control and modify behavior of children but do not regard the inner experience of parenting. Such models often reduce children to mere guinea pigs, ignoring their sensitive hearts and minds. This is the place where mindfulness can bridge the gap and make us more sensitive and appreciative of children’s inner experience.
Aim: In this paper, we define and discuss the concept of mindfulness and its application to parenting. Methods: We outline the skills of mindfulness and how these practicescan help in positive changes for parents and their children. Finally, we discuss the evidence to support the application of mindfulness as an intervention to better the parent-child relationship, and recommend future directions for research and discussion.
Results and conclusions: Mindfulness can help parents learn being purposefully aware of their own experience of parenting. Mindfulness can teach parents to nourish their children in an optimal manner so that their children, and they themselves can realize their full potential.