Being a parent doubles your reasons for being mindful because living in the moment benefits you and your children. As you increase your own peace of mind, you're becoming a stronger role model for the rest of your family - you can cope better with what life throws at you. I know mindfulness has saved my sanity in lock-down and strengthened my relationship with my children and resulted in me feeling content.
Try these practical tips for living in the present moment.
A Nurture group’s aim is to start where each child is and through unconditional positive regard form strong bonds and attachments to support the social, emotional and behavioural needs of children – I could see how these core qualities relate to the role of a sleep coach and was intrigued about how these can be used as a basis for sensitive and responsive sleep practices.
Your baby is learning to speak long before they say their first words. Talking with your child and giving them loving attention will strengthen the bond between you and help them to develop academic and communication skills they’ll need later in life. Plus, you’ll both have a lot of fun.
The ability to understand the feelings of others is a core quality that contributes to healthy, prosperous relationships and social connections.
Parents who know how to foster empathy in their children weren’t born with this knowledge - they learned and applied it. And you can too!
It may surprise you to learn that children who don't play enough are more likely to do worse in school. Focusing too much on homework without adequate rest can actually lead to lower grades.
Any parent raising a toddler knows how tricky it can be to balance discipline. When you least expect it, your child is likely to throw a tantrum, while you feel helpless.
As a proponent of positive parenting, you are well aware that punishment simply does not work.
By Dr David R Lee.
Clinical Director at Sleep Unlimited Ltd.
How we think and feel not only affects our waking lives, but also has a significant impact on our sleep, especially our ability to fall and stay asleep. There Is an established link between mental health conditions and poor sleep. In fact, one would be hard pressed to find anyone living with an enduring mental health condition who does not also have a coexisting sleep problem.
It’s 2:00 AM, you’re sleeping peacefully in your bed, and you suddenly wake up, not entirely
sure why, but as you start to gain awareness of your surroundings, you become aware, to your
horror, that there’s someone in the room with you! You hear the sound of their voice, and they
whisper those four words that chill every parent to the bone.
“Mum, I can’t sleep.”
If you think your teen isn't getting enough sleep, you're probably right. A recent study at San Diego State University found that 40% of adolescents clock less than 7 hours a night, even though most experts recommend about 9* hours of sleep for teens.
If you’re in the same boat as most parents in the world, you’ve had to accommodate the fact that your kids were suddenly and unexpectedly given an extra four months of summer vacation. And to top it all off, they’re unable to leave the house.