Reconnecting with the hearts and minds of our children

by Helena Edwards, B.Sc – Helena is an NHS Occupational Therapist and our centre’s Young Person’s Mindfulness Specialist. Besides from being a Yoga teacher, she is a parent herself and works with young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Helena Edwards

Mindful parenting. Being a parent is probably one of the most important jobs in the world, for how we raise the next generation will shape the future of the human race. Yet, most of us become parents virtually with no training or preparation. We are desperate to “get it right” and do the best for our children.  Advice from family and friends, professionals and manuals can offer some reassurance but can also at times be conflicting. Therefore it is not surprising that many parents can feel insecure and overwhelmed.

Mindfulness is deliberate awareness to the present moment with qualities of acceptance and non-judgment. It can help us to start addressing the inner experience of parenting, which in return will affect how we nurture our children.

Mindful parenting is the practice of becoming more self-aware. It’s about becoming grounded in the present moment and developing an attitude of kindness and curiosity to our unfolding experience.

Being fully present with our children and intentionally bringing purposeful attention to everyday parenting situations will cultivate and deepen our connection with our children.

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It can help us to learn new ways of handling challenging situations of family life; we can learn to respond thoughtfully in a calm manner rather than reacting on an automatic pilot. In return our children can feel safe and secure and we can appreciate the joys of being a parent.

Here are some ideas of how to start:

  • Begin with your self; start practicing present-moment awareness of your self and your experience.
  • Incorporate this to your everyday activities; consciously open all your senses to the richness of the experiences of doing the dishes, hanging the laundry or any other chosen activity.
  • Pay attention to the thoughts and feelings that arise from these activities.
  • Make some time every day (even just one minute!) to stop and check-in with your self; how are you feeling physically, mentally and emotionally? Stop whatever you are doing and take a few deep breaths.
  • Imagine the world from your child’s point of view; how do you appear and sound from your child’s perspective?
  • Remind your self that the greatest gift you can give your child is yourself. Make some time to be fully present with your child, physically, mentally and emotionally. Listen to your child with your whole being and practice seeing your child as perfect just the way they are.


 join our Mindful SPACE Evening entitled mindful parenting

Bournemouth MindfulnessVenue: Bournemouth mindfulness. The Wessex Hotel, West Cliff Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5EU

Date: Tuesday, 1 April 2014, 6H30pm – 9H30pm

Bournemouth mindfulness. In this month’s evening we will be exploring how we can reconnect with the hearts and minds of our children through mindful parenting.

Click here for more details or to book your place


DISCLAIMER: Please not this is not medical advice, if you are suffering from a health condition or are in doubt always contact you GP or health professional.