Mindful Parenting Tips

6 Simple and Powerful Mindful Parenting Tips

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*Post updated June 30, 2020

Parenting isn’t easy. As moms, we’re constantly pulled in a million directions at once. Learn how to become a present parent with these mindful parenting tips.

What Is Mindful Parenting?

Mindful parenting is the act of using mindfulness and being present with your children. Instead of simply reacting to your child’s behaviors, you have thoughtful responses (Healthline).

Mindful parenting involves awareness of your own emotions and your reactions to your children’s behavior.

You must be present in the moment and focus on your children’s behavior, your attitude, and theirs.

Mindful Parenting Benefits

Mindfulness is a concept that has been around since early Buddhist practices over 2500 years ago. However, in the past decade, more studies have focused on the benefits of mindfulness for ourselves and those around us.

Frontiers in Psychology published a study that evaluated the effects of mindful parenting on children’s behaviors. The researchers wanted to see if mindful parenting was related to a child’s emotions and behaviors throughout their lives.

This study focused on the effects of maternal warmth or a warm and kind mother. They found that children of mindful parents and warm mothers receive emotional benefits throughout adolescence.

Basically, this means that children of parents who are perceived as warm and loving had higher emotional functioning and less behavioral problems.

Additionally, a study published in Mindfulness followed a group of new mothers and infants.

They found that increased mindfulness of the new mothers improved mother-baby bonding, decreased the mother’s stress levels, and improved the infant’s affect or mood.

In order to achieve these benefits, we have to learn how to become more mindful parents.

Work on implementing these changes into your life to be a more mindful parent to benefit yourself and your children.

Mindful Parenting Tips: How Can I Be a More Mindful Parent?

Now that you know the benefits of mindful parenting, you may be wondering how can I become a more mindful parent? Apply these 6 simple parenting tips and you’ll be on your way to mindful parenting.

  • Put Down Electronics
  • Active Listening
  • Own Your Emotions
  • Be Silly
  • Be Present
  • Make Time for Yourself
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Put Down Electronics

The first place to start being a mindful parent is to disconnect from technology. If you’re playing with your children, put your phone away and turn off the TV.

Spend time focusing on your children and show them they’re more important than your Smartphone.

This is especially important to set the stage for when your children are older and may have their own Smartphone one day.

If you expect them to put their phones down, we should lead by example and put ours down as well.

Practice Active Listening

The next time your child tells you something, practice active listening. Make eye contact, stop multi-tasking, and listen closely.

Active listening includes making good eye contact, asking open-ended questions, and allowing time for others to speak. When you listen closely to your child, you show them that what they have to say is important.

This encourages them to speak and share more and builds a better relationship.

If your child doesn’t initiate conversations, ask them open-ended questions. Ask how their day was, what their favorite activity was, or what they learned. Create a platform for open communication.

Own Your Emotions

An important step of mindful parenting is owning your emotions.

This means that you take a moment to identify how you’re feeling. Are you feeling stressed about a project at work? Are you tired from not sleeping and all of the work involved with parenting?

Sometimes we’re irritable or quick to snap at our children when really we are upset or stressed over something else.

When you take time to identify your own emotions, you are less likely to snap or project your negativity on others. Try to identify the culprit of your emotions and separate it from your children.

Many people find journaling an easy way to start identifying their emotions. Sometimes you may not realize what is bothering you until you see it in writing.

You can even tell your child “mommy is tired today” or “mommy doesn’t feel well”.

It is ok to let your children see that people aren’t always happy and always energetic. Acknowledge how you feel and try your best to distinguish outside stressors from your child’s behavior.

If you learn to own your emotions, you will be more accepting and tolerant of your children’s behaviors.

Be Silly

Mindful Parenting Tips: Be Silly
Let Your Inner Child Shine

One of the best ways to enjoy your children and be present is to let your inner child shine! Play dress-up or listen to music and dance around.

When we laugh and smile with others, everybody benefits. You will both enjoy time together more, you will feel less stressed, more relaxed, and you will have a better relationship.

Be Present

As a society, we are constantly multi-tasking and tuned out of the moment. Set aside time each day to truly be present with your children.

Dedicate time to stop stressing over your to-do list, work problems, or getting dinner on the table. You can start by setting a timer. Set aside 20 minutes of uninterrupted time just to play and be present.

Enjoy the moment and try to completely focus on the activity you are doing together.

The act of focusing on the present dates back to Buddhist teachings. This has been studied many times throughout history and has been shown to reduce stress and depression in children and adults alike.

Time is precious and we are all so busy juggling work, sports practices, extra-curricular activities, and more! Multi-tasking is a must many times. However, try to consciously set aside some time to really be present with your children.

Although you may physically be together a lot, being present involves full undivided attention.

Make Time for Yourself

Mindful Parenting Tips: Make Time for Yourself
Make exercise a priority

The last important step of being a mindful parent is making time for yourself. It is imperative to take care of your own well-being in order to take care of others.

Our children are always looking to us as role models and learn from what they see. Show them that parents matter too and that your body is important.

Exercise regularly, eat well, and get enough sleep! Lead by example and raise a happy and healthy family.

Learn to make time for yourself each morning with a simple morning routine. Taking care of yourself and being aware of your own needs is one of the most important parts of being a mindful and happy mom.

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36 thoughts on “6 Simple and Powerful Mindful Parenting Tips”

  1. This was an awesome post! More people need to read this. Sometimes being present is hard but it’s something I work on daily! Thanks for this!

    1. Mindful Mama Health

      Aw that must have been fun to learn something new about yourself. And I’m sure your son loves your silly side too!

  2. Thank you for these! I’ve been trying to be much more aware of having my phone in my hand or near me and making sure to be more present with my little guy!

  3. These are great tips. Sadly, with the distractions in our modern day lives, parents need reminders to be present, and step away from our many gadgets and find time for self care. A very needed list of how to spend quality time with our children and practice self care.

    1. Mindful Mama Health

      Thank you! I agree. I don’t think a message like this was necessary 10-15 years ago. Unfortunately technology is not always a positive for society.

    1. Mindful Mama Health

      Thank you! Yes, being mindful does not have to be difficult. Small changes go a long way!

    1. Mindful Mama Health

      I completely agree! So important to take care of yourself in order to be there for your children!

  4. This post is so timely for me. As a working mother I am always exhausted when I get home to my kids. I am taking steps to be more present when I get home and I am loving the reactions I am getting.

    1. Mindful Mama Health

      Your kids must be so grateful for your special attention! It’s hard after a long day to switch into mommy mode, but it’s so rewarding and a great stress relief!

  5. I love this approach to parenting. It benefits both the child and parent. I aim to have this relationship with my child and reading about this now makes me confident that I am on the right path. Thank you for sharing this. Great read.

    1. Mindful Mama Health

      That’s such a great way to make sure you get in quality uninterrupted time! Sometimes I purposely leave my phone in another room to avoid the temptation.

  6. Sincerely Mellie Sue

    There are some hard days when I need to remind myself to be present. I make sure to keep my phone on loud in another room most of the time, so I am not focused on that. I notice I tend to just zone out sometimes when I am tired or stressed, but I need to be fully present for my little one, not just physically present.

    1. Mindful Mama Health

      It is definitely not always easy to put worries and stressors aside, but I always find that when I am more present I feel happier overall. The joy of my little one is contagious.

  7. These are all excellent tips. I’m guilty of being on my phone too much, so I do need to put it down more. I love being silly with my child, as it makes me happier and forget my worries!

  8. I love the reminder to be mindful of our emotions. I know that it’s easy to blame our emotions on whatever has tipped us over the edge in the moment, but finding the root cause will help us overcome ill placed blame.

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