A mindfulness course with the specific intention of supporting one of the most rewarding, challenging and stressful jobs in the world, that of the parent.
Rather than a ‘how to parent’ course this experiential program focuses on cultivating a better understanding of our own patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving and learning new ways of relating to these. This can enhance our ability to regulate our own emotions and behaviours as parents and as individuals, as well as our capacity for acceptance, patience, kindness and compassion in relation to our children and ourselves.
It is not group therapy, instead it teaches us practical skills, helps us to navigate the emotional and physical challenges of life and parenting, enabling us to tap into our own inner wisdom and to stay centered in this work.
To improve their physical and / or mental health and being a parent can have an impact on both of these. As well as bringing us much joy and love, parenting is also a highly demanding role which comes with a great sense of responsibility, namely the wellbeing of the next generation, which in turn has an impact upon the world around us.
Perhaps as a result of this, it is also a role, which society takes very seriously and there is much advice and many schools of thought and theories about how to parent, some of which can seem completely opposite to one another. Added to this is the age we live in and so these ideas and theories on parenting are constantly communicated to us through traditional media such as newspapers, books, magazines and billboards and now also digitally through social media, email, blogs etc.
So it is little wonder, therefore, that parents can feel an enormous amount of pressure and maybe sometimes also stressed, lost and overwhelmed. Mindfulness can help us as parents to learn how to stay centered in the midst of all this, enabling us to tap into our own inner wisdom and existing resources which are typically so easy to overlook. It can also help us to see the bigger picture and thus to parent in a way that is more consistent with our deeper values and beliefs.
The aim and intention of the program is to increase skillful parenting through:
High quality evidence shows benefits of for a variety of life challenges including stress,
anxiety, anger, low mood, chronic pain, depression, addiction, insomnia. boost immune
system, change the structure of the brain, develop the areas of the brain that are important
for focus, empathy, compassion, emotional regulation and decreasing the area responsible
for fear and perceived stress.
Recent research in 2015 and 2016, including a review of 22 studies in 2015, showed that
increased mindful awareness predicted better mental health in parents and their children
and that mindful parenting was associated with significantly lower levels of parenting stress,
more helpful / effective parenting styles and discipline strategies.
Course Fee £250.00 Discount available for early booking
1-2-1 Coaching available
Belinda is one of small number of Mindfulness teachers who has trained in MBCP in 2016 at