Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Mindfulness  Practice Does Not Necessarily Equate to Mindful Parenting

'In a recent study, researchers at the University of Vermont surveyed over 600 parents of children ages 3-17 to see how mindfulness related to their children’s well-being. Parents reported on their trait mindfulness (how mindful they are in everyday interactions), mindfulness in parenting (how attentive, non-judging, and non-reacting they are in interactions with their children), and positive versus negative parenting practices (for example, expressing unconditional love and setting limits versus using harsh physical punishments). They also reflected on their kid’s typical coping styles—if they tended to become anxious or depressed or act out in disruptive ways, like hitting or yelling during difficult situations.
'Analyses showed that parents who reported more mindful parenting engaged in more positive and less negative parenting behavior, which was then linked to more positive behavior in their kids—meaning less anxiety, depression, and acting out.' 
But just because you have a practice that has increased your mindfulness and reduced your stress, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can apply these skills in more charged settings.  To read more click, 'Mindful parenting matters'

Covey Cowan, San Francisco, California