Healthy bodies and healthy minds go hand in hand for you little ones—and for you. Being a mindful parent begins with taking care of your own physical and mental health, and mindfulness is one way to help reduce the stress of parenting and caretaking so that you can stay present and engaged with your children. We’ve got a list of Born Ready-approved resources for practicing mindful parenting to get you started on your own mindfulness journey!
In Zero to Three’s parent survey, less than half of parents said they receive the support they need when they’re feeling overwhelmed. In response, Zero to Three compiled five tips for everyday mindfulness.
When you take care of yourself, you’re better able to take care of others, and that starts even before your child is born.
Make mindfulness a family affair with these great mindful activities that you and your little ones can enjoy together!
Having a growth mindset means “believing abilities and knowledge grow and evolve with effort and support over time.” Learn more about how a growth mindset benefits your child and how you can help set them up for growth through mindfulness.
Mindfulness helps children be more resilient, so they’re better able to recover from or adjust to changes and challenges. The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education put together 30 days of resilience building activities to try with your little ones.
Taking care of your mental health is vital to your ability to be a mindful and engaged parent, but being a parent or caregiver doesn’t leave us with a lot of free time. Luckily, there are apps to help you with mindfulness, meditation and even therapy—right from your phone.
Meditation is a fantastic way to practice mindfulness that encourages mental clarity and emotional strength. These easily accessible apps let you take a moment to meditate anytime, anywhere.
We know how to help our little ones build their self-esteem, but it’s important to remember to check in with your own, too! These simple tips can help parents and caregivers take time to focus on self-acceptance and nurture positive feelings of self-worth.
The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” might be clichéd, but it’s true—parenting and caregiving are tough jobs, and we all sometimes run into situations where we want or need to ask for a little help. That’s where the Parenting Assistance Line comes in. You can call, text or chat with parenting experts any time, so you’re never in it alone.
Parenting and caregiving aren’t easy jobs, and while it can sometimes feel like there is no time for yourself, it’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is also taking care of your children. When you are your healthiest self—physically, mentally and emotionally—you are even better equipped to help your children develop healthy habits too.
Today is a great day to start practicing mindfulness and try to incorporate even one small activity into your day. Tag us on social media to show us how you and your family are bringing mindfulness into your home!