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Can meditation make you a better parent?

Melissa McClements found it hard to cope with her daughter’s tantrums – until she joined a parent and toddler meditation class. How do you stay calm when your child misbehaves?

My toddler and I recently started a meditation class. I know what you’re thinking. What kind of idiot parent would attempt silent mind control in the presence of someone whose idea of quiet time involves sticking pencils up their nostrils and shouting ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’?

But now I am that idiot parent. And – despite a cringeworthy moment when my two-year-old pointed to a Buddhist monk and asked, “Why is that man wearing …

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Comment from thebuddhabride
Time: March 17, 2012, 6:13 am

This is a great article demonstrating that although meditation can sound far removed from the daily stresses of being a parent, it can have a profound impact on your relationship with your child, particularly in teaching children how to regulate their emotions. It also gives you greater space to separate out what are your goals and have empathy for what your child’s goals may be (often very different!). It can enable parents to calmly reflect back internal states of children in a more effective manner which can ultimately enhance the security of the parent-child relationship. And it gives you a bit more control and sanity as a parent. Winners all round!!

Sarah
http://www.thebuddhabride.com

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