Are you confused abut the best way to raise your children? Do you feel guilty a lot of the time that you aren't being a good enough parent?
As parents we're surrounded on all sides by well-meaning advice about how to raise our children, and we're also surrounded by images and accounts of 'perfect' parents with 'perfect' children. But of course there's no such thing as the 'perfect' parent or child, any more than there's any one way to raise children. Mindful Parenting doesn't provide any dos and don'ts, doesn't set an impossible goal of eternally loving and patient parents and perfectly balanced and contented children. Mindful Parenting is about bringing the qualities of mindfulness to yourself as a parent - being in the moment so that you can appreciate the happy times and not run away from the difficult times; being aware of yourself, your stress triggers, as well as being more aware of your child as a whole person; and kindness - to yourself, when you're tired, or feeling guilty, or inadequate, or frustrated, and to your children, when they're most in need of kindness.
"Looking after oneself, one looks after others.
Looking after others, one looks after oneself."
This workshop gives you some time and space to develop awareness of you as a parent - your strengths, areas of challenge, your stress triggers, your values - and to develop kindness towards yourself. It's also an invaluable opportunity to connect with other parents in a completely non-judgmental environment - I've found that for many people, this is one of the most significant aspects of the afternoon. You'll come away with plenty of tips to look after yourself, to be more appreciative of yourself and your children, and to deal with the more challenging times.
Open to all who care for children and teenagers, including parents, grandparents and child care workers.
Facilitated by Fidelma Farley
NOTE: There are no Mindful Parenting workshops coming up in the next while. Please contact Fidelma if you'd like to arrange a workshop for your group or organisation, or if you'd like to explore mindful parenting on a one-to-one basis.