(Mindful.org) – When you’re OK, your kids are OK!
Psychologists Stefanie and Elisha Goldstein, both seasoned meditation practitioners, describe the process of building a mindful family as a three-fold effort: raising the mindful self, the mindful couple, and the mindful child.
But when it comes to bringing mindfulness into the family, the Goldstein’s say most parents forget the “self” part.
“When parents bring their children into my office, they say they want more of this mindfulness stuff for their kids,” says Elisha. “But the parents aren’t necessarily doing it themselves.” This is especially challenging for mothers, Stephanie notes, because they often assume that thinking about their own needs is not part of good parenting.
“There’s this notion that you have to give up yourself in order to be a parent, and that’s what is to be admired,” says Stefanie. “But if you’re not okay, your kids are not okay.” (read more)