Mindfulness Based Parenting

“Calm your farm” and help your kids behave

This eight-week (27 hour) program will help you improve your relationships with your children by understanding and responding wisely to your child's difficult behaviours. It is solidly based on recent research about how kids and parents thrive. You will develop confidence that you can provide your kids with the stable, grounded start that will help them flourish, achieve and connect for the rest of their lives. 

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Mindfulness is an integral part of this course and will help you learn the emotional regulation skills to respond to your kids more skillfully.


  • Feel more competent and joyful as a parent
  • Decrease your stress through mindfulness practice
  • Find confidence to set limits age-appropriately
  • Help your child get to know their feelings and how to calm down
  • Understand your child's emotional world by learning to read their emotional needs
  • Understand and transform your own "ancient history" with your parents so you are free to live more by your own values
  • Start being bigger, stronger, wiser and kinder as a parent

Studies have shown that securely attached children are less disruptive, less aggressive and more mature, and less "needy" and more empathetic during later stages of childhood. As adults, those who are securely attached tend to have more trusting, long-term relationships and higher self-esteem.  This course integrates mindfulness meditation training into the parenting program in a way which helps a great deal with our ability to calm down, reflect and communicate effectively with our children.


As part of our commitment to social equity we are delighted to give discounts to Health Care card holders and others in genuine financial difficulty. To keep the books balanced, we appreciate you paying the full fee if you can afford it!


Children are our second chance to have a great parent-child relationship.

Laura Schlessinger

 

 

What does the Parenting Program involve?

 

  • an individual phone interview with your teacher
  • a 2.5 hour class once a week for eight weeks plus one full retreat day
  • learning a user-friendly map of your child's needs based on attachment theory
  • scientific rationale for this new way of relating in the family
  • hands on exploration of what is happening with your kids and how to bring fresh responses into the relationship
  • exploration of your own patterns of thinking, feeling and action, and how to transform them
  • mindfulness training
  • brief lectures and discussions
  • individual feedback and support
  • your commitment to daily homework practice using audio tracks and course book

 

Is there much mindfulness training in the course?

Yes.  We have integrated the Circle of Security Program with the MBSR program, so that you will be undertaking quite a bit of mindfulness training over the eight weeks.

The first step in being able to help our kids with their "out-of-control" feelings and behaviours is for us as parents to learn how to calm down, reflect and make better choices in the moment.  This involves learning how to bear and manage our own feelings without resorting to yelling, blaming and unreasonable behaviour of our own.   Hard but worthwhile work!  The mindfulness training is a proven method for assisting with this emotional regulation.

It also opens us up to be able to be present and alive in the relationship with our children and to be genuinely curious about their experience. 

 

Should I come with my partner?

It is a wonderful thing to both get on the same page about how best to respond to children's needs in a family.  So if you can both attend together, it can be really satisfying.  And because the course also involves some reflection on our own development as a person, it can lead a sense of seeing each other in a fresh and more compassionate light leading to more connection and intimacy as a couple.

But if this is impossible, it is not a problem.  Much can be learned and gained if only one parent can attend.

 

Should I do the MBSR course or the parenting course?

Many parents have this question.  If you are having stressful experiences with your child on a regular basis and are feeling confused and frustrated with your behaviour or your children's behaviour, the parenting course is your best option.

We will be engaging in lots of mindfulness training and home practice which will also be relevant to work, health and relationships more generally, so you won't be missing out on that.

Is this course suitable for parents with older kids?

Yes! Even though we will be using videos of younger children and babies to understand patterns of human attachment, the learning itself can immediately be brought into the relationships you are having with your teenagers. Lots of harried parents of older kids have found relief through the course.

What People Are Saying

I have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.

Anonymous, 2018

Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.

 

 

Ingrid (GP), 2018

Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.

 

 

Lee-Anne , 2018

It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone.

Lisa, 2018

Bravo Ingrid Jolley and Openground! Thank you for your soothing and strengthening MBSR course. I’m feeling grounded, curious and hopeful about the future. I have the tools I need to lead an authentic, fulfilling life. 

 

Roz , 2018