Mindful Parenting is a structured experiential 8-week course with a focus on cultivating resilience in day-to-day parenting and family activities. It is very different from many of the behavioural-based parenting courses with a focus on being a parent rather than learning skills to do it right.
Mindful parenting helps us as parents (care-givers), develop more empathy, compassion and acceptance for ourselves and our child. Research has shown that parents who complete the course: respond less reactively to parenting stress; recognise patterns from their own upbringing in the here and now; improve conflict resolution with their child; relate differently to parental stress-whilst not all problems will change, attitudes towards the problems may. These programs support the development of a stronger bond with your child, enabling you to fully experience the joys and difficulties of parenting.
Most parents will share a period of heightened stress due to the demands of parenting. The course is for all parents who would like to use a mindful approach to be with parenting stress. It is also useful where parents are parenting a child with behavioural, learning or psychological difficulties.
The course runs for 8 weekly sessions of 2 1/2 hours and over one Sunday. A shorter 6-week program x 1 1/2 hours has been developed for the community sector and child care centres.
Please contact us if you would like further information to discuss organising a course in your community.
Circle of Security parenting in your home
Circle of Security™ (COS) is an 6-8 week relationship based educational parenting program for parents & care-givers of children aged 0-5. It aims to cultivate secure attachment, a positive indicator for resilience and well being throughout life.
The COS ™ program provides a framework to increase awareness of our children’s needs and to check whether our responses meet those needs. This allows for greater choice when parenting, particularly in moments of stress.
Understanding the COS ™ framework can be particularly helpful in breaking the hold of problematic relational patterns of parenting, that can be passed from one generation to the next and compromise a child’s relationships throughout their life.
Decades of university-based research have shown that secure children when compared to less secure children: have increased empathy, higher self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, are more able to handle emotions effectively and know how to be kind to others. They can solve problems on their own & are more likely to turn to carers for support when in trouble when compared with children who are not secure.
The course runs over 6 weekly sessions of 1 1/2-2 hours. To participate gather a group of 4-12 parents and run it in your own home.