Mindful Parenting Support Group

Mindful Parenting Support ~ Grounded in evidence-based mindful parenting practices. Mindful Parenting will help you and your family lead calmer, happier, and healthier lives. Become a role model and simultaneously learn valuable techniques to Help You Cope, Emotional Awareness and Emotional Health Management.

Mindful Parenting

8 weekly sessions - Group Name: Family-Centered Care (FCC)

Mindful Parenting & Stress-busting for Parents

Issues: Parenting Stress & Emotional Regulation — Adult Stress Reduction skills building group.

Modalities: Brain-Based Coaching | Neuro Coaching | Relaxation Techniques (internet connection required for support tools)  

Session Cost: $50 - $70

Mindful Parenting

Online Group Meets: Monday 1:00 pm – 2:30 PM Eastern Time

Facilitator: Martha Watson, PhD, CAMS-II

Register: (814) 662 - 5338

Description: 8-week online, interactive, educational program based on mindfulness living and stress reduction. Telephone coaching support with web-based support tools led by facilitator support, cognitive behavioral therapy and stress management. 8 classes, 90-minute periods with peer support and digital media support tools for smartphones. Classes focus on group needs and circumstances with support tools including a series of relaxation techniques (audios, videos and music) and relaxation techniques instruction workbook accessible by smartphone, PC, and tablet. This group is supportive, caring and non-judgmental. If you have questions, please feel free to call us (814) 662 – 5338 .

Parents learn how to achieve mindfulness living with relaxation technique support tools that in conjunction help the child they are caring for.  This class is Family-centered care or Family-centered service which is an approach that provides an expanded view of how to work with children and families. Family-centered service is made up of a set of values, attitudes, and approaches to services for children with special needs and their families.

Register by calling the office and completing form below. We deliver a personal touch to tailor to participants needs and often include parenting strategies to help build emotional regulation skills for the whole family unit. Parents missing one session are provided with an opportunity for a make-up class at end of series.

Mindful Parenting

Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training. Mindfulness is derived from sati, a significant element of Buddhist traditions and based on Zen, Vipassanā, and Tibetan meditation techniques.

What to Expect:  Discover Mindful parenting to bring your conscious attention to the present. Participants get a web-based login accessible by smart phones that offers you Relaxation Therapies tools principally intended for decreasing physical and mental tensions. Support tools include muscle relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, autogenic training, guided imagery, meditation, biofeedback, hypnosis, mindfulness techniques, and other mind-body therapies. ... Instructional Manual included plus Interpersonal skill worksheets for self-help; Assertiveness, Anger, How to handle stress. Class is designed for Adult care. However, in addition, participants receive instructional materials for child and adolescent care.

Mindful Parenting

If you are a foster parent, grandparent or a divorced parent raising a child there may be behavioral problems present with children you are caring for. Any parent in today’s society is facing stress and hardships with raising families. The solution to help children starts with the caregiver/parent instituting an environment that offers a home with security and structure. The best action plan to help children is to be a positive parent role model offering a nurturing therapeutic environment. Mindfulness Parenting starts while you’re pregnant and lasts a lifetime being a parent.

Positive parenting role modeling will determine the success of a child’s endurance in social and emotional skills as well as to provide the best intervention assistance for troubled youth. Positive parenting role modeling is creating “mindfulness awareness.” Mindfulness is the act of a parent being aware of their own triggers and issues and identifying if they are responding to the child’s behaviors or out of their own insecurities and fears.

Mindfulness, self-awareness, is a work in progress for a parent to examine their own triggers, fears and behavioral responses to stress. Our childhood experiences shape our conditioned responses and impact our personalities and who we are today. The role of parenting is stressful. However, instituting support to become mindful in parenting helps children build positive habits, promotes a child’s self-esteem and improves behavior.

Mindful Parenting Tips

Mindfulness in parenting is being attentive, non-judging, and non-reacting in interactions with their children.

Here are a few tips in Mindfulness parenting

  • Do not Engage
  • Accountability
  • Institute Time Out
  • Remain Calm
  • Consistency in Rules and Expectations
  • Positive Rewards for Behavior
  • Accentuate Composure in Communication Skills

Three key factors to Mindful Parenting:

  1. Be present. Identify your own feelings when you are stressed.
  2. Do not engage responding in anger.
  3. Communication skills: Listening carefully and responding effectively.

How-To-Do Three key factors to Mindful Parenting:

Noticing your own feelings when you’re in conflict with your child

Learning to pause before responding in anger

Listening carefully to a child’s viewpoint even when disagreeing with it.

Mindful parenting is relatively new and a powerful intervention demonstrated by research to be effective for all parents including those with children suffering from psychopathology. (mental health & behavioral disorders).

According to new research, mindful parenting helps kids to less likely get depression, anxiety or use drugs. Mindfulness parenting promotes coping skills and positive behavior in their kids. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2016 Jan;44(1):191-202. doi: 10.1007/s10802-015-9978-x. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25633828

Who is Available to Help?

Martha Watson PhD has had many years as a Behavioral Health Consultant offering expertise in: Mindfulness Living, Stress, Anger, Bullying and Brain-Based Coaching, and Health Education Provider. She can be reached at (814) 662-5338.

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