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Mother and Daughter

MINDFUL PARENTING

"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

-Jon Kabat Zinn

 

MINDFUL PARENTING COURSE
2022

For more information email marcia@drkostenuik.com

TUNE IN to Relationships 

8-week online interactive course

with Dr. Marcia Kostenuik

March 2 - April 27, 2022

Space is limited. Reserve your spot now.

Contact: marcia@drkostenuik.com 

 
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MINDFUL PARENTING

Peer Support, New Themes Each Session

FOR CANADIAN PHYSICIANS

(CMA sponsored)

Mindfulness can help bring a moment of pause, insight, and wisdom before reacting and responding to children of all ages from newborn to adult. The group sessions include new themes each week, experiential mindfulness practices and practical skills that apply to parenting, relationships, and work-life balance.

New themes each week.


You must register in advance.

Next Session:

May 18, 2021, 7-8pmET(4pmPT)

June 15, 2021, 7-8pmET(4pmPT)

See Calendar & Pre-Register

Sessions sponsored by CMA Wellness Connection.

Registration open to Canadian physicians, medical residents and medical students.


 

WHAT IS MINDFUL PARENTING?

Mindfulness:

"Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally...in the service of self-understanding and wisdom." -Jon Kabat Zinn

Parenting:

"Parenting or child rearing is the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. Parenting refers to the intricacies of raising a child and not exclusively for a biological relationship." -Jane B Brooks. The Process of Parenting. (Wikipedia)

Mindful Parenting

 involves intentionally being fully present, aware, attentive, and non-judgmental while interacting with and supporting a child at any stage of life. -Dr. Marcia Kostenuik

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MINDFUL PARENTING THEMES

From Mindful Parenting Group
for Canadian Physicians

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NON-DOING

Why is it so difficult to "do nothing"? We are in a culture of busyness, restlessness and even "fear-of-missing-out". Our habitual and compulsive "doing" can contribute to exhaustion, burnout and a quick fuse with our children and those we love. It can be difficult to carve out time to do nothing. Sitting silently can bring its own challenges. We can bring ourselves compassion as we recognize that our difficulty sitting still, meditating, or "being with" our emotions is a common experience. Sometimes we are avoiding pain, the past, or other difficulties that may require professional support. Starting a daily habit of mindfulness or meditation can be the first step to gaining greater ability to pause and respond in a calmer, wiser, and more deliberate way to life's stressors. Meditations and mindfulness resources are available on this page and website. Why not start today. Even one minute of focused breathing, done regularly, will help. Joining a mindfulness group or class can provide much needed support, and guided practices may help focus your attention. -Aug 14, 2020 

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"YOU CAN'T STOP THE WAVES,
BUT YOU CAN LEARN TO SURF"

Life will inevitably bring stressors. The more we resist these "waves" the more we suffer. And yet, we resist because sometimes it just feels like too much! Learning to accept the reality of the stressors in our life helps us move into a place of growth, learning, understanding and "radical acceptance". This doesn't mean we like what is happening or even that we agree with it, it just means that we accept the reality that it is happening. Accepting reality as it is may bring the possibility for greater wisdom, and the ability to make important choices and decisions about the things we can control. It is difficult to accept things we cannot change, and if emotions are overwhelming, it could be time to get professional individual support. We are all in this together, it is a challenging time that is difficult for parents and families. Connecting with peers can bring some much needed kindness, encouragement and recognition of our common humanity.  -Aug 11, 2020

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"KEEP IT SIMPLE"

The theme today was "keeping it simple" and finding ways to reduce and simplify where possible, in order to be more present with our child(ren), even if for short periods of time. We also addressed that if feelings of guilt arise, we can acknowledge how very difficult it is to feel pulled in different directions. We can be kind to ourselves, we are doing our best in a difficult time. Are there small ways you can slow down, say no, do less, simplify in some aspects of your life? How would it feel to have even brief moments of full presence with your child? Can you be kind to yourself when guilt or self-judgment arise? -July 30, 2020

 

MINDFUL PARENTING RESOURCES

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Mindful Parenting with Headspace App

11 Tips for Mindful Parenting

Mindfulness Parenting

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Our Calm Is Contagious

 
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FOR MORE PARENTING RESOURCES

Find links to expert advice from
Barbara Coloroso, Alyson Schafer, Gary Chapman, Ross Campbell & more