It’s often said that being a parent is the hardest job you’ll ever have — made even more challenging in today’s fast-paced world, where so many things compete with both your and your children’s attention. There seems to be endless methods and styles of parenting, with each new expert refuting previous advice. Add to this societal expectations, which are often at odds with traditional cultural or familial ones, and raising healthy, happy children can seem a nearly impossible task.
Using mindfulness practices can greatly help reduce this internal chaos, allowing us to focus and pass on emotional intelligence to our children. Defined as the ability to identify our own emotions as well as others, to recognize different feelings and manage them to apply problem-solving and adapt our behaviors appropriately.
When children are able and encouraged to do this for themselves, it not only helps their development, learning and focus, but it provides essential tools for adulthood — and vastly improves the parenting process, reducing stress for both adult and child.
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