Home-Start volunteers took part in a two-hour Mindfulness Workshop, which looked at how we deal with the stress and the stressors that can relate to being in the role of a parent or carer.
This workshop looked at what our habitual patterns of reactivity are like and how mindfulness based practices can help us learn how to regulate our emotions, including the stress reaction. Therefore supporting us to be able to pause, soften, connect with our breath and be in the moment with whatever is here, therefore responding more appropriately.
Evidence shows that when under stress, parenting skills are found to collapse. In Mindfulness for Parents, the parents’ own stress and suffering, are the primary focus of the training rather than the problem behaviour of the child.
Thanks to Mindful Parenting and Community Project, Bristol for leading the workshop.