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The factor that probably has the highest effect on outcomes for children is the level of well being and functioning of their mother. If you care about children, take good care of mothers." Rick Hanson
Your happiness as a mother affects your children's happiness too. Taking care of yourself is the best gift you can give your child – and yourself!
Parenting is possibly the most demanding job you will ever have. Some people joke that it is the only place you can experience heaven and hell at the same time. And yet it also has the potential to be the most fulfilling thing we will ever do.
Mindfulness4Mothers is not another set of instructions on how to be a perfect parent. Far from it. It is expert self care for any stage of motherhood.
Hear the experts discuss how mindfulness, self compassion and positive psychology can help you deal with the overwhelming demands of parenting on your time and sanity! They share insights and practices for:
> responding to emotional eruptions from your children,
> stress and anxiety
> building trust in your in-built parenting wisdom and
> creating a lasting relationship with your child
Hear how prioritising your own self care will benefit your well-being, your relationships and the joy and connection you share with your children.
Download six practical guided mindfulness exercises for ongoing use to support your self care as a parent.
Practices range from “in the moment and quick fixes" to longer practices for rest and renewal that will resource you for the marathon of motherhood.
You also receive a complimentary workbook to help you track your progress and reflections as you become a more mindful mother. This includes quick tips to help those of you who want to establish a mindfulness practice for the first time – or who want some extra guidance on how to set yourself up for the greatest gain from your time.
Say goodbye to exhaustion, overwhelm and self doubt & become the best version of yourself again: the kind of parent your child needs! Develop trust in your in-built parenting wisdom and create a lasting relationship with your child.
Give yourself the gift of peace. Sign up and start taking care of the most important person in your child's life. You!
Explore & Adapt this program to suit your day.....Here is how one mother uses the program to establish mindful parenting : "I usually arrive home from work filled with anxiety and guilt about being so late and missing the day at home. Today I listened to a favourite presentation again and stayed in the car in the driveway to do a guided meditation. About to walk on, feeling ready to be calm and present for few hours before bed. So grateful for this program."
A Short and Sweet Guide to getting the most from Mindfulness 4 Mothers and establishing your mindful parenting practice - and a good solid start to recording favourite quotes - which I have done for you for the first few interviews - and the kinds of questions that can support your refection on your practice as you listen to each interview.
Hear me answer this question in an interview I did recently. Also, if you are interested to hear how many of the experts interviewed for this program describe mindfulness, please follow the link in the resources section to a short blog in Huffington Post. It's a great place to start on your mindful parenting journey
Self-Compassion is such a powerful resource for us as mothers in our parenting journey. Listen as I describe what it is - then tune in as our expert guests describe it too. Then later, you can try our self-compassion practices in Section 3.
Hear Christine share how she came to mindfulness and how it helps her as a mother and mindful parenting expert
Hear Christine's tips for establishing mindful mothering and parenting, teaching mindfulness to our children and why our children seeing us doing things we love is so important!
Here is a separate downloadable practice you can do by yourself or with your children. I have included a link to a blog I wrote for Huffington Post in the resources section, describing how I use this practice with my children and the difference it makes. You can do this when you are pregnant, speaking it to your unborn child, with babies or children. Regardless of their ability to comprehend cognitively, your love and kindness will come through and have a calming affect on you all. With older children, the conversations it can generate are also profoundly reassuring and generate kindness in your children towards others and themselves.
Hear Rick defines mindfulness, outlines the symptoms of Depleted Mother Syndrome (and how mindfulness protects us) and explain why mothering is one of the most stressful jobs in the world! This will turbo charge your mindful parenting journey!
Hear Rick outline the environment children need to thrive - and therefore why taking care of mothers is non-negotiable if you are interested in mindful parenting
Hear Tara describe what mindfulness offers us as mothers, what her personal challenges were as a mother and how she coped. Tara also tells us what the messages are for mothers in each of her best selling books.
Tara is a psychologist, meditation teacher and author of Radical Acceptance (2003) and True Refuge: Finding Peace & Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart (2013). Founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC, Tara's teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. Through workshops and retreats for lay people and mental health practitioners, along with her many audio talks and videos, she addresses the value of meditation in relieving emotional suffering and serving spiritual awakening. Tara has a son and lives in Great Falls, VA, with her husband and their 2 dogs
Tara walks us through the simple steps she took to manage the challenges of parenting a teenager mindfully. She goes on to explain what happens in our brain when we practice mindfulness and what that is of upmost importance to our children. She describes the value of pausing and staying emotionally connected to our children.
Tara lists 3 simple things a mother can do to relieve the stress of parenting. She then walks us through her R.A.I.N. process for managing difficult emotions
Hear Barbara clarify the difference between the role of positive emotions and the popular notion of "thinking positive". Hear her outline what mindfulness offers mothers and explain why self compassion (or loving kindness meditation) is her personal favourite happiness practice for herself and other mothers. She reminds us how important it is for mothers to be "tuned in" to their babies and children and how mindfulness helps maintain that attainment. A profoundly helpful support on your path towards mindful parenting
Hear about Barbara's ground breaking research findings on happiness - and how easily we can increase our daily experience of happiness !
Barbara's support for mindful parenting continues
A downloadable daily reflection from Barbara's ground breaking book on LOVE.
Sarah Napthali is the author of the Buddhism for Mothers series published by Allen & Unwin which has been translated into nine languages to date. She has recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Macquarie University as well as a new book called Buddhism for Couples about applying Buddhist teachings in a long-term relationship. Practising in the Western Insight tradition, Sarah strives to apply Buddhist teachings to her role as mother, wife and friend. She believes relationships – in all their complexity, messiness, joy and volatility – make excellent ground for spiritual practice if we are awake enough to perceive their lessons. What a joy to have her support on our journey of mindful parenting
More profoundly helpful - and light hearted - support for mindful parenting
A body scan for mindful parenting that you can do alone or with your children
Margaret Cullen is a senior teacher of Stanford's Cultivating Compassion Training program, which she helped develop. She is a pioneer in the area of integrating mindfulness-based programs in business, health care and academic settings. She is a licensed therapist, educator and certified Teacher in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She studied at Harvard University and is the author of innovative articles such as “Opening the Heart at Stanford, Google and Beyond” and “The Science of Goodness”.
Dr. Erika Rosenberg is a senior teacher at Stanford Universities Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education where she personally presented the Stanford compassion training program to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She is also a world-renowned expert in facial expressions of emotion. At the Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis, Dr. Rosenberg is a senior investigator on the Shamatha Project, a multi-disciplinary study of how intensive meditation affects cognition, emotion, and neurophysiology. She also consults with a variety of academic and non-academic clients on facial measurement using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS), teaches FACS workshops worldwide, and recently served as Scientific Consultant on the TV drama Lie to Me, on Fox.
Both support mindful parenting beautifully
Stanford University support for mindful parenting continued
Kristin is a mother, author and Professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas. She became interested in Buddhism while in graduate school in 1997 and has since led the way in self-compassion research. Kristen and her family were recently featured in a best-selling book and award-winning documentary called The Horse Boy, which chronicles her son's adventure with autism. Kristen, a self-proclaimed “self-compassion evangelist” explains how this centuries old practice helped her navigate her way through the challenges and struggles of raising a child with special needs. Now she's passionate about sharing the benefits with mothers near and far, young and old.
Kristen explains why self-compassion is the perfect antidote to our inner critic. She shares with us why she has serious reservations about our focus on raising our children's self-esteem. Kristin also brings us up to date with what the current research shows us about self-compassion and the many ways it can benefit mothers and children. Finally, she guides us through a very practical and mother-friendly 'self-compassion' break.
Now, here's the interview …continue your journey of mindful parenting
Kristin's support for mindful parenting continues
Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D. has been a psychotherapist since 1967 and a dharma teacher since the mid-1980s. She is a co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California and the author of five books on Buddhism and mindfulness, including Happiness Is An Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life.
Penny Fenner is a psychologist, spiritual teacher, executive coach and writer. In her work with couples, groups, executives, parents and children she focusses on how to cultivate awareness, compassion, loving kindness and skilful means so as to live with more joy, authenticity and presence. Penny has taught workshops and retreats in Australia, California and Europe since the early 1990's. She is co-author of Essential Wisdom Teachings, and has just embarked on a PhD journey. Penny has a beautiful grown-up daughter, and lives with her partner in Melbourne and continues her mindful parenting journey.
Sylvia and Penny offer more insights and humour to our mindful parenting journey
It is with great pleasure that I share with you the Mindfulness 4 Mothers audio interview with general practitioner and senior lecturer at Monash University, Dr Craig Hassad.
Craig is an internationally recognised expert in Mindfulness and has published extensively on the subject. He has been instrumental in promoting mindfulness as a simple, natural and accessible technique for enhancing wellness, preventing and managing illness, and improving performance within health, educational and corporate settings. Craig is co-author of two books; Mindfulness for Life and more recently, Mindful Learning. At the end of the interview, Craig leads us through a simple and calming mindfulness practice.
Our guest for this interview is author and Buddhist psychologist Polly Young-Eisendrath. Polly is a Jungian analyst, mindfulness teacher and grandmother. She is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Vermont and Consultant in Leadership Development at Norwich University. Polly's 2008 ground breaking book titled 'The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Confident and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self-Importance' cautions parents against trying to inject self-esteem through over-praising or over-parenting. Today, Polly discusses the pitfalls and consequences of parenting that focuses on building your child's self-esteem. If you're stuck in the Self-Esteem Trap, Polly explains a simple way out and shares with us her secrets for creating genuine happiness and freedom from childhood to adulthood.
We also talked with Polly about the crucial role of Mindfulness and how it helps us become more aware of our own inner life and emotional experience. A regular practice allows us to become less reactive and promotes spaciousness perspective and balance. Polly reminds us that families can often be a difficult place with lots of ups and downs but when we invite Mindfulness into our homes our children will naturally become more resilient and resourceful. Finally, Polly shows us how compassion, generosity and humour allow us to better ride the roller-coaster of family life and parenting.
In this section you have a tool kit full of practices to draw on to resource yourself and rewire your brain for greater well-being and enjoyment of motherhood.
I recommend that you start with the early practices, use them daily for a week or so before moving on to another practice.
Having said that, if you are a curious and excitable learner like me and want to explore each of them - you may have already tried them all! Just know that the value is in repetition and in making them familiar so you can draw on them at any time, using them flexibly as you see fit!
Please download them onto your favourite listening device so you have them at hand. Remember - there is no such thing as a bad meditation and even if you feel frustrated with how it felt, it did you good!
Refer back to the first part of the Workbook as we set ourselves up for some self care. Keep in mind that not every technique will feel natural to you straight away. Placing my hand on my heart in the first self compassion practice wasn't easy for me to do without it feeling a little strange at first - but that said more about my patterns of self talk than it did about the practice, which surprise surprise, turns out to be really helpful in part because its brings in the healing powers of physical touch as well as the brain changing kindness you will hear so much about. So I would encourage you to hang in there for quite a while before reaching the conclusion that something is just "not for you"
Do you know the old saying “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail?” Well, the ideal place to be is that you have many options in your toolkit so that you CAN choose one that's a good fit with you anytime.
Thank you for taking the course - stay tuned for more!
I am a Psychologist, Mindfulness Teacher and Well-Being Coach
What makes the difference between a happy life and an unhappy life? What do happy and wholehearted people do differently to the rest? I have spent my professional and personal life exploring and testing the science of well-being and have developed several online mindfulness based well-being and parenting programs based on the results. I also take on a small number of individual clients internationally over Skype and in my home town of Melbourne, Australia.
I interview and work with many international experts including Tara Brach, Rick Hanson, Elisha Goldstein, Barbara Fredrickson and more.
I draw from Positive Psychology and the Neuroscience of Flourishing, and with my unique combination of skills and my own parenting and life experience, work passionately with people to help them open up new possibilities in their lives. I write regularly about Happiness, Mindfulness and Parenting for The Huffington Post. Everyday Mindfulness, BubHub and PsychCentral amongst others.
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Dr. Goldstein is the co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles and has published extensively and is author of numerous articles, chapters, and blogs. He is the creator of the breakthrough 6-Month Course in Mindful Living starting late October 6, 2016.
His books include Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, the bestselling book The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life, Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler and co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook and MBSR Everyday: Daily Practices from the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.
He has also created several mindfulness-based programs including the Mindfulness at Work program for eMindful recognized by the National Business Group on Health for its success in stress management, Basics in Mindfulness Meditation: A 28 Day Program and co-developed CALM – Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness with his wife Stefanie Goldstein, PhD.
Dr. Goldstein's unique ability to make complex concepts simple has led him to be invited to speak nationally and internationally with mental health professionals, educators, business leaders and lay audiences.