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Mindful Parenting: Promoting Calmness, Patience, and Connection with Your Children

Mindful Parenting: Promoting Calmness, Patience, and Connection with Your Children

by Susie Beghin, RECE, Founder of Alpha’s Discovery Kids


Have you ever spent hours scouring the internet for parenting tips, seeking solutions to the daily challenges and uncertainties you face? Parenting can often feel like an overwhelming task filled with constant demands and pressures. As a mother and an Early Childhood Education (ECE) educator, I empathize with these pressures firsthand. That’s why I believe mindfulness is so crucial, not only for children but also for us adults. From my conversations with many parents, I know that mindful parenting, which integrates calmness, patience, and a deep connection with our children, is of utmost importance.

Mindful parenting involves being fully present and engaged with your children, fostering a deep sense of awareness and connection. It’s about slowing down, appreciating the moment, and responding to your child’s needs with empathy and understanding. Mindfulness in parenting helps create a supportive environment where children feel valued, heard, and loved. This approach not only benefits the children but also promotes the well-being of parents, reducing stress and enhancing the overall family dynamic.

In this blog, I’ll share some tips that I hope you find helpful in incorporating mindful parenting into your daily life. These tips are designed to help you nurture calmness, patience, and a stronger connection with your children, fostering a positive and supportive family environment.


Tips to Promote Calmness

  1. Practice Self-Care: Before you can be present for your children, it’s crucial to take care of yourself. Ensure you are getting enough rest, eating well, and engaging in activities that rejuvenate you. Self-care isn’t selfish; it’s necessary for maintaining your well-being and being the best parent you can be.
  2. Breathing Exercises: Simple breathing exercises can help both you and your children manage stress and stay calm. Practice deep breathing techniques together, especially during moments of tension. Inhale deeply through the nose, hold for a few seconds, and exhale slowly through the mouth.
  3. Create a Calm Environment: Your home environment significantly affects your family’s mood and behavior. Keep your living space organized and clutter-free to create a sense of tranquility. Soft lighting, calming music, and incorporating natural elements can also contribute to a peaceful atmosphere.

Tips to Promote Patience

  1. Practice Mindfulness Meditation: Regular mindfulness meditation can help you develop greater patience. It trains your mind to stay focused on the present moment and reduces impulsive reactions. Even a few minutes of meditation each day can make a significant difference.
  2. Empathize with Your Child: When your child is acting out, try to see the situation from their perspective. Understanding their feelings and frustrations can help you respond with empathy rather than impatience. Remember, children are still learning how to navigate their emotions and the world around them.
  3. Set Realistic Expectations: Recognize that children are still developing their skills and may not always meet your expectations. Adjusting your expectations to their developmental level can reduce frustration and help you respond more patiently.

Tips to Promote Connection

  1. Engage in Shared Activities: Spend quality time with your children doing activities they enjoy. This could be reading together, playing games, or simply talking. Shared activities foster a strong bond and show your children that you value spending time with them.
  2. Listen Actively: Active listening involves giving your full attention to your child when they speak. Make eye contact, nod, and respond appropriately to show that you are engaged in the conversation. This practice helps your child feel heard and understood.
  3. Express Love and Appreciation: Regularly express your love and appreciation for your children. Positive affirmations, hugs, and kind words go a long way in building a strong emotional connection. Let your children know that they are loved unconditionally.

Mindful parenting is a journey that requires practice and patience, but the rewards are profound. By incorporating mindfulness into your parenting approach, you can promote calmness, patience, and a deep connection with your children. Remember to take care of yourself, practice empathy, and engage in meaningful activities with your children. These practices will help create a supportive and loving environment where your children can thrive.

For more insights and practical tips on fostering your child’s development through play and mindfulness, I invite you to explore my book, Learn to Play. It’s a comprehensive guide designed to help parents and educators provide the best start in life for their children.

By adopting these mindful practices, we can transform our parenting approach, ensuring that we raise happy, healthy, and well-rounded children.