Mindful Parents May Raise Less Troubled Kids

We’ve all heard how being more mindful can benefit us individually with more wellbeing, happiness, and emotional resilience.  According to recent research, children who experience mindful parenting tend to be less likely to do drugs or become depressed and anxious.  One study out of the University of Vermont surveyed over 600 parents who participated in a mindfulness program for parents.  Their children ranged in ages from 3-17.  In an article out of Mindful Magazine suggests “encouraging more mindful, responsive parenting—and less harsh punishments or yelling—may indirectly help kids to avoid some of the at risk behavior of adolescence—like anxiety, depression, acting out, and drug use.” 

 

What are some takeaways?

It’s not just about being more positive.  It’s more important for a parent to be emotionally attuned to their child than to be either positive or negative in their interactions The research suggests the following three key factors to keep in mind about mindful parents.

  1. Noticing your own feelings when you’re in conflict with your child,
  2. Learning to pause before responding in anger,
  3. Listening carefully to a child’s viewpoint even when disagreeing with it.

Sounds like good advice for all of us to remember when in conflict. 

 

Why Mindful Parenting?

Being more in tune with our feelings or reactions — pausing before overreacting — may make a difference.  Justin Parent, lead author of the study says, “To bring mindful attention and awareness into your interactions with your child really seems to set the stage for you to be a good parent.”  The research also shows more mindful parenting engaged in more positive and less negative parenting behavior which then linked to more positive behavior in their kids.  This tended to result in their children showing less anxiety, depression, and acting out.  The researchers don’t exactly know why this has occurred and has suggested more study in this area.  In fact, their next research will compare a conventional parenting course with mindful parenting.

Vicki Atlas Israel is passionate about helping you and your family thrive.  She’s a Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery, a Consultant at a pediatric hospital, and the author of National Bestseller “Inner Power NOW.”Contact Vicki for a FREE Inner Power Discovery Session at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com.  Vicki also conducts Inner Power Mindset Training for teachers, therapists, and those who work with children. 

Top 6 Benefits for Group Meditation

Group Meditation for Deeper Connection with Friends and Family

Do you experience anxiety and have difficulty creating a bubble of calm in your life?  Do you crave a deeper connection with your wise inner guide?  Then, group meditation may be for you.  When you experience deep relaxation with other like-minded friends, a bond is created that is more powerful than any connection you have felt before; a unity that transforms your life and brings you inner peace.  Here are the top six benefits for inviting your friends to experience a group meditation.

 

#1  Get feedback: Group meditation allows you to learn from other people’s experiences. If you are uncertain about how to meditate, your meditation group will model the way to physical and mental peace.

#2 Group activities are valuable to connect: We feel better when doing group activities because we create connections with others, tapping into the same silence and source of peace as your meditation mates can make you feel at peace, comfortable, supported and safe.

#3 Brainwaves can synchronize, so the connection you feel with your meditation partners is not only emotional, but physical.

#4  Reduces loneliness: Loneliness permeates our society. Despite electronic devices and the ease of communication, we lack a feeling of being part of something greater than ourselves.  Meditating with a group creates an environment of acceptance and belonging.

#5 Spiritual support: When you meditate with a group, you achieve a group synergy which uplifts the participants to achieve more spiritual awareness.

#6 Research shows that group meditation creates a ripple effect of inner peace which permeates the environment of the meditators enhancing the benefits of the meditation.

If you’re interested, I have a few appointment times left for creating a group mediation with you and your friends.  Book one today at HeartTalkNow.com. or if you want to join an upcoming group meditation for families, Click HERE.

Wishing you peace!

Vicki

Vicki Atlas is passionate about helping you and your family stress less, while adding more love and joy.  She’s a Best Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery, a Consultant at a pediatric hospital, and the author of National Bestseller Inner Power NOW: Healing Meditations to Reduce Stress and Pain so Children and Families Thrive. The Foreword is written by Jack Canfield, famous for co-creating Chicken Soup for the Soul® series. Click Here to order her book or contact Vicki for a FREE Discovery Session at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com

 

Top 3 Benefits for Kids and Teens to Meditate

Teach your children to meditate for many benefits. As a Best Mindset Coach and Certified in Guided Imagery, I work with families at a pediatric hospital.  A young boy who had been taught meditation and guided imagery was faced with a medical procedure that scared him.  He told his mom who said, “What would Ms. Vicki have you do?”  The 10-year-old said, “Go to my happy, safe place.”  And that’s what he did. The mom told me this story later as she smiled and reported how the procedure went well, and her son had stayed calm.

Research shows Children who practice yoga, meditation and mindfulness build skills of attention and self-awareness. They have better self-control and make wiser decisions.  They also learn to be more in charge of emotions and behaviors.

1. Social-Emotional Development  

One study found that a social-emotional learning program used with mindfulness was more effective than a classic “social responsibility” program.  Kids in the former treatment had greater empathy, perspective, and emotional control, compared to the control group. They were also more “social” and had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than in the control group.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for children (MBCT-C) has also been shown to help improve attention and behavior problems, and reduce anxiety in kids who started out with high anxiety levels.

2.  Attention and Focus

Grownups are concerned about kids and attention. Studies have shown meditation helps children with Attention Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD.   One 2004 study found that children with ADHD who learned meditation with their parents twice weekly in a clinic setting, and kept practicing at home, had better concentration at school, among other benefits. A study in 2013 showed that in boys with ADHD reduced hyperactive behaviors and improved concentration within eight weeks..  

3. Self-Awareness and Self-Control

Mindfulness is intimately connected to self-awareness and naturally to self-regulation. If children learn to be more aware of thought processes and reactions in the present moment, kids learn to manage their own internal conflicts better. And the research has backed this up: one study found that kids who learned mindful awareness practices (MAPs) had better executive function after eight weeks of training twice a week.

Children continue to feel stress at home and at school. Our kids deserve to be equipped with tools to help them better cope. As for parents and teachers, raising happy, healthy, well-adjusted children often feels overwhelming. Parents and educators deserve to know and practice mind-body tools, as well.

If you want to learn more about an upcoming workshop series for Children, Teens, and Families, Click HERE.  In our next segment, we’ll talk about the benefits of Group Meditation.   

Wishing you peace!

 

Vicki Atlas Israel is passionate about helping you and your family stress less, while adding more love and joy.  She’s a Best Mindset Coach, Certified in Guided Imagery, a Consultant at a pediatric hospital, and the author of National Bestseller Inner Power NOW: Healing Meditations to Reduce Stress and Pain so Children and Families Thrive. The Foreword is written by Jack Canfield, famous for co-creating Chicken Soup for the Soul® series. Click Here to order her book or contact Vicki for individual coaching at Vicki@HeartTalkNow.com