Laura-May Culver is a single mom of 2 boys ages 5 and 8 years. She is a registered Social Worker with over 17 years of varied social service and clinical experience, including working with adults with co-dependency, addiction and mental health needs, adolescents, children and families. The Upper Grand District School Board uses her as a Personal Transformation Consultant with a Mindfulness focus. She offers private counseling and coaching services. You can find out more about Laura-May by visiting her website at www.knowselfservices.com.
Aired Live: Sunday, September 26, 2010 8 to 9 AM EASTERN on www.CFRU.ca 93.3 FM in Guelph, Ontario, Canada
What is Mindful Parenting?
It is the spiritual practice of parenting: the practice of being, noticing, and responding to each and every present moment when you can, consistently and persistently.
How do we parent mindfully?
Our bridge to staying present is our breath.
When we’re having a temper tantrum, breathe.
Before grabbing that morning coffee, breathe.
When our child is yelling “I hate you!” or having a temper tantrum, breathe.
Breathe. Practice. Breathe.
Laura-May’s top Mindfulness Links:
Alliance for a New Humanity: www.anhglobal.org
Planetize the Movement: www.planetizethemovement.org
Daily Primordial Sound Meditation: http://www.chopra.com/meditation
Inter-professional Certificate Program in Applied Mindfulness Meditation at the University of Toronto: http://www.socialwork.utoronto.ca/conted/certificate/mindfulnessmed.htm
Sophia Center for Culture and Spirituality in Oakland, CA: http://uniquewebdesignandprinting.com/sophia/director.html
Upper Grand District School Board in Ontario, Canada: http://www.ugdsb.on.ca/whss/article.aspx?id=2468
To be a Mindful Parent, you need your own practice. Kids see through the teacher that doesn’t actually practice!
Be the Change, do your own Practicing! There are so many resources out there for you!
Eckhart Tolle: A New Earth-Awakening to your Life’s Purpose on Oprah!: http://www.oprah.com/oprahsbookclub/A-New-Earth-Are-You-Ready-to-be-Awakened and http://www.eckharttolle.com/home/
Wherever you Go, There you Are—Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn: http://www.mindfulnesscds.com/books.html#wherever
Love based family centred approach, Bryan Post: http://www.postinstitute.com/
Love Never Fails, Heather Forbes: http://www.beyondconsequences.com/
Everyday Blessings-The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Jon Kabat-Zinn: http://www.jonkabat-zinn.com/