Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, in partnership with Healthy Kids Community Challenge Hastings Prince Edward, Hastings County, North Hastings Children’s Services, Family Space, Early ON Child and Family Centres and Mindful Roots, hosted three parenting workshops in Bancroft, Belleville and Trenton.
With all the new technology options and devices, building strong bonds between parents, children and youth is more important than ever. Workshops provided information about the importance of decreasing screen time and provided activities for participants to learn how to connect with their families in meaningful ways.
“Mindfulness is simply paying attention to what is happening in the moment. Using mindful strategies as a parent might mean listening to your child with full attention, being aware of your emotions and your child’s emotions and taking a moment to pause and reflect before acting.” Shelly Brown, Healthy Growth and Development Program Manager explains, “When parents and children bring more mindfulness into their daily routine, the result is increased self-regulation, decreased stress and boosted self-esteem”.
Alicia Preston, a local mindfulness educator and coach, discussed how mindfulness affects child growth and development, parent-child relationships, the family dynamic, and overall health and wellness.
Parents and caregivers learned strategies to:
- Start a mindful family practice
- Train their brain to instinctively respond differently to stress in order to decrease negative feelings and reactions
- Implement techniques that calm themselves and their children down
- Wire the brain for decreased anxiety and increased happiness
For more information on mindful parenting please visit: http://www.cheo.on.ca/en/Mindfulness-Parenting