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.
- Noticing your own feelings when you’re in conflict with your child,
- Learning to pause before responding in anger,
- 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.