Exploring Mindful Parenting,
a path towards social well-being
Monday morning; you have an important meeting in your job coming up today; your kids do not really want to get out of bed; late they come to have some breakfast; you have 10 minutes to leave the house to avoid coming late to the meeting; the children start to quarrel and you would like them just to get ready to go to school …
A fairly common situation out of everyday life of parenting – situations when planning and organisation, convincing and persuading do not work anymore; and emotions in all its colours get into the driving seat. How does a mindful response to such a situation look like?
Mindfulness does not propose solutions, does not suggest recipes how to deal with challenging situation. It invites foremost to become aware – aware of what is all happening in a given situation to you, to others. Noticing emotions, noticing thoughts, noticing body reactions – noticing before jumping into an impulsive reaction that you might regret afterwards. Developing the ability to choose your response rather than react!
Here is the essence of mindful parenting and with it the essence of the project “EMP:PATH”. The project has explored ways to support parents and educators in developing a more mindful approach to parenting – for their own well-being and the well-being of their kids and families.
The four partner organisations in the project have a history working with parents as well as having mindfulness as a focus in their programs. Now they were together to learn from each other experiences and competences to enhance their work and offers in the field of mindful parenting.
With 87 local parents' workshop we reached out to 1.030 parents and educators for total of 149 hours of collective Mindfulness practice in the period December 2016-December 2017.
Concrete outputs of the projects are:
- Guidelines for a curriculum of mindful parenting programs.
- EMP:PATH stories online book with shared experiences of parents trying to apply a more mindful approach to their parenting. Available in German, Italian, French and English.