Mindfulness & Parenting Online Course: What to Expect, Part 3

Wondering what we will cover in my Online Mindfulness and Parenting Course?

This is part 3 of 3 of What to Expect.  Did you miss parts 1 and 2?  Find them here and here!

The first of 6 sessions is Friday March 29th from 12:00-1:00 (EST).  The content is intended for parents of kids of all ages, babies through teen.

The beginning of each session will be devoted to learning about and practicing a new Mindfulness technique. 

Then we will dive into how we can use Mindfulness to help us with parenting.  I will share research and practical strategies that will not only make parenting easier but also more enjoyable. (We love our kids but if we’re keeping it real, every moment is not always a blast.)

Course topics include:

  • Intention setting
  • How to identify the emotional narratives we bring to a stressful situation
  • Keeping our own identity and the importance of self-care
  • How to raise children mindfully in this fast paced, achievement obsessed culture of ours
  • How to avoid the pitfalls of Risk-Averse Parenting. 

Ready to invest in your family? 

Mindfulness & Parenting Online

Registration opens up March 15th.  Class begins March 29th from 12:00-1:00 (EST)

Your investment in this 6 week course is $247.   This includes:

  • 6 live sessions, with time for Q & A
  • Access to an exclusive online community of course graduates
  • Monthly live Mindfulness practice and Q & A in the online community
  • First 5 registrants receive a free 1 hour consult ($125 value) with me

If you want to try a free sample, take my mini class on March 15th from 12:00-1:00 (EST).  Register Here for my free mini class.

Mindfulness & Parenting Online Course: What to Expect, Part 2

How does Mindfulness relate to parenting?

This is part 2 of a 3 part series on what to expect in this course.  Did you miss part 1?  Find it here.

How does Mindfulness relate to parenting?

Our children are not born with an ability to self soothe.   They need all sorts of assistance as infants.  I can remember feeling like a circus act, trying to get our screaming infants settled.  First, my husband and I would swaddle our babies tightly, then hold them in the crook of our arm while we walked and bounced endlessly.  My husband even had his own patented “speed skater” move that helped settle our babies.  The point is, babies have no idea how to self soothe. 

If you think of self-soothing (or emotional self-regulation) as a loop, this loop is left open for babies and growing children.  We, as their parents (often times unbeknownst to us) help them close this loop by modeling how to react to situations. As our children grow, they mirror the way the adults around them are responding to the stress in their own lives. The environment we provide and many of the skills we model become our children’s skills. Our kids are working on developing the ability to self soothe (or self regulate) from the time they are infants through their teen years.  Big responsibility, huh? 

This is why research shows that the best way to teach mindfulness to kids, is to surround them with mindful adults.  They will start to use mindfulness without needing to be explicitly taught…. simply because the adults around them are approaching and responding to situations mindfully. 

By the way, I am not suggesting that we need to somehow be perfect all the time around our kids.  Rather, by simply increasing our awareness, we can intentionally choose our responses instead of having knee-jerk reactions all the time.  And the times that we do have those knee-jerk reactions (because we ALL do.), we can circle back and talk to our kids about what happened. 

Learn more in my Online Mindfulness and Parenting Course.   Registration opens March 15th.  Class begins March 29th from 12:00-1:00 (EST)

Your investment in this 6 week course is $247.   This includes:

  • 6 live sessions, with time for Q & A
  • Access to an exclusive online community of course graduates
  • Monthly live Mindfulness practice and Q & A in the online community
  • First 5 registrants receive a free 1 hour consult ($125 value) with me

Want to sample it first?  Have questions? Register here for my 1 hour free mini class.  Meant for parents of kids of all ages, babies through teen.

Part 3 of What to Expect, coming soon!

New Mindfulness and Parenting Online Course: What to Expect – Part 1

What can you expect from taking my Mindfulness & Parenting Online Course?

Welcome to part 1 of a 3 part series on what to expect in this course.

Let me start by explaining how I define Mindfulness. 

Mindfulness is the practice of being right here, right now. 

The definition is fairly simple right? Yet in this fast-paced world it can be difficult to sustain Mindfulness. 

First, we are pulled in so many different directions. 

It is easy to get caught up in our to do lists and obligations.  Often, we are completing one task, and are thinking of all the other things we need to do.  We might be spending time with our children, but worried about the state of our laundry pile or our to do list at work. 

Second, what about all the worries we have? 

Am I losing my patience too much? Will my kids turn into functioning adults?  How come everyone else seems to have it all together? 

If this sounds like you, you are not alone.  But here’s the deal. When we are mindful in a given moment, we don’t feel pulled in multiple directions and our worries disappear.  We are present…. Right here, right now. 

Each week in my course, I will teach you a new way to practice Mindfulness at the beginning of each session.  We are not talking about a major time investment.  A few minutes a day can change your life the way it has changed mine.  

Stay tuned to hear more about this course! Parts 2 and 3 coming soon…

Your investment in this 6 week course is $247.   This includes:

  • 6 live sessions, with time for Q & A
  • Access to an exclusive online community of course graduates
  • Monthly live Mindfulness practice and Q & A in the online community
  • First 5 registrants receive a free 1 hour consult ($125 value) with me

Check out my free mini class to get a sample of the course!  Register Here.

P.S.  This course applies to parents of infants through teenagers.  We all can use these skills!

Triple P Wednesday: Compassion

Compassion plays a critical role in guiding our children. Setting (and sticking to!) a firm boundary and offering our child compassion in the middle of a meltdown are not mutually exclusive. Holding both the boundary and the compassion can feel like a tight rope walk. However, striking this balance is not only achievable, but also highly effective. Come learn how this can help your family dynamic. Contact me here.

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Triple P Wednesday: Make it stop

Make it stop!

What parent hasn’t had that thought in the midst of dealing with an annoying or difficult behavior? Right? You know those moments when you are sweating and feel all eyes on you? Or you are at home and you just don’t think you can handle one more whiny voice? I can’t be the only one.

Here’s the deal. There are lots of ways to make the behavior stop in the moment, so choose carefully! You want to respond in a way that makes the behavior stop in the future.

But this is not a one size fits all kind of choice. It depends on who your child is and the circumstances of the situation.

Interested in starting your Triple P journey with me? Contact me!


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Mindfulness Monday: What is the difference between meditation and mindfulness?

I get this question a lot.

Mindfulness as defined here, is the practice of being in (and returning to) the present moment, no matter what internal or external distractions arise.

So, by that definition, mindfulness can be practiced any time of day. I can be mindful while I am shopping at Market Basket, walking the dog, and eating my dinner. I can be mindful right now as I notice how it feels to be making contact with the chair I am in and I feel my fingers strike the keys on my laptop as I type this sentence.

Then, what is meditation? For me, meditation is the formal practice I have – which then increases my capacity to be mindful throughout the day. I have a daily sitting practice and I usually close my eyes. But you can do a walking meditation, a seeing meditation, or a listening meditation too. It is really just a more formal time to practice being mindful.

And guess what? I love bringing mindfulness into people’s lives. A new online offering is coming soon. Stay tuned!

Barna Woods – County Galway, Ireland


Triple P Wednesday: Accidental Rewards

Are you wondering why your kids keep begging for the same thing over and over again? Do you wish it didn’t take 8,452 times of asking before your child finally kind of does the thing your asking them to do?

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Maybe you are giving them accidental rewards. These are so easy to give without even realizing it! In short, accidental rewards are things we give our child that stop the behavior in the moment, but end up reinforcing the behavior in the future. They come in the form of poorly timed attention, affection, or tangible rewards.

Find out more about what these are, how to stop giving them and how your home life can change. Your family is worth it. Contact me here.

Wondering what Triple P is? Start here.