Full course description
Eligibility: Full-time IU faculty & staff. Spouses on an IU-sponsored medical plan.
Mindful Parenting has been gaining popularity by integrating the practice of mindfulness to the realm of parenting, with research showing benefits for the parent and the child individually as well as to the parent-child relationship. By learning to be present in the moment, parents are able to be less reactive and to discipline in ways that are in fact congruent with their values. Mindfulness, however, is a skill that must be practiced in order to show its effects. The Mindful Parenting program thus includes both theory as well as practice of both formal and informal mindfulness practices in order to yield the best possible outcome.
The objectives of the Mindful Parenting series are to:
- Identify key elements of Mindful Parenting theory
- Learn at least eight techniques for cultivation of mindfulness, including formal meditation and informal meditation practice
- Develop the ability to communicate more effectively with their children and understand their feelings better
- Develop more clarity of the values informing their parenting style and hopes for their children
- Develop tools for helping their children be more mindful
- Gain support from other parents by sharing experiences and challenges of implementing Mindful Parenting Practices