With mindful parenting, you are responding to your child, rather than reacting to their actions. To read more about mindful parenting, click here.
Here are 8 ways to be a mindful parent:
1. Be accepting & validate your childs emotions.
Allow your child to feel and express their emotions. Validate their emotions. They need to know it’s ok to feel what they feel in different situations.
2. Don’t set high expectations.
Encourage your childs achievements, but don’t set high expectations. Allow them to explore their skills at their own pace. By setting high expectations, you will stress them out. You can guide them, but let them enjoy developing their skills.
3. Be a positive role model.
Compose yourself in an appropriate and respectful manner. Your child is always watching you. They will mirror your actions and reactions to everything. By being mindful of your own behaviour, you will teach them to conduct themselves in the same manner.
4. Listen to your child.
It is easy to zone out when you’re stressed or busy. You hear your children, but don’t listen. By not listening, you’re subconsciously dismissing them. When you listen to what your child has to say, they feel more cherished, understood and are more likely to listen to you when you have something to say.
5. Be involved in your childs life.
No matter how busy you are, arrange daily special time with your child. Take the time to do an activity with your child without distraction. Turn off your phone, avoid your computer, leave the dishes for later. Do something fun and memorable together.
6. Think before you respond.
Before you respond to something your child has said or done, stop and think. Is what you’re about to say positive and constructive? Your words should be accepting, understanding, helpful and loving.
7. Teach your child right from wrong.
Don’t punish your child when they misbehave. Discipline them. Teach them what is right and wrong , so they learn and understand what behaviour is appropriate in certain circumstances.
8. Don’t forget to praise your child.
When your child behaves in a positive manner, praise them. It could be a little act of kindness, or something big they have achieved. What ever it is, tell them why you are happy with them. It will reinforce and encourage good behaviour.