Helping your child develop healthy skills, habits, and perspectives from a young age may be one of a parent’s most important responsibilities. And for those of us who care deeply about the nourishment of the soul in conjunction with that of the body, no practice could be more meaningful to bestow upon our offspring than that of mindfulness. That ability to be present in one’s actions and aware of one’s emotions helps kids reduce stress, increase focus, be more empathetic, and stay calm—just like it does for adults.
Now, actually teaching mindfulness to your children? Well, with diapers to change and PTA meetings to get to and bowls of cereal flying about seemingly from out of nowhere, that can be a little more tricky. Fortunately, research tells us “mindful parenting” can be one effective way to help children develop that naturally mindful disposition. Mindful parenting is an approach to parenting that prioritizes compassion toward your child, actively listening and paying attention to them, being aware of their emotions, and accepting the inherent challenges that come with the responsibility. It also means being aware and in control of your own emotions and behavior while parenting. This mindful approach to raising kids has been shown to produce more mindful children, as well.
But a new study published in the Journal of Adolescence puts an important asterisk on the…
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