Mindful Parenting: Tips for Presence and Connection

Parenting is challenging, especially when it comes to being mindful. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, missing out on the simple pleasures of being a present parent. As a parent, you need to find ways to stay present and connected with your children. Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help you achieve this goal. In this blog post, we’ll share some of the most effective mindfulness tips for parents to help you stay focused, calm, and connected with your children.


Practise Mindful Breathing

Being mindful of your breathing can help you feel more relaxed and grounded in the present moment. You can do this by taking a few slow, deep breaths throughout the day. By focusing on your breath, you can clear your mind and bring yourself back to the present moment. You can also teach your children this technique, which can help them stay calm and focused.


Set Daily Intentions

Setting daily intentions can help you stay focused on what’s important. Instead of rushing through your day, take a few minutes in the morning to set your intentions for the day. This can include spending quality time with your children, being present during mealtime, or taking a break to connect with your child. By setting intentions, you’ll be more mindful of your actions throughout the day.


Turn Off Technology

Technology can be a major distraction, and it can take you away from the present moment. It’s essential to take a break from technology and be present with your children. Turn off your phone, computer, and TV and spend quality time with your children. This can help you build stronger connections and create lasting memories with your children.


Be Kind to Yourself

Parenting is hard, and it’s okay to make mistakes. It’s important to be kind to yourself and practice self-compassion. If you find yourself getting frustrated or overwhelmed, take a moment to breathe and remind yourself that you’re doing your best. If you need help, don’t be afraid to reach out to someone you trust.


Practice Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful tool that can help you stay focused on the good things in life. Take a moment each day to reflect on the things you’re grateful for. This can include your children, your health, your relationships, or anything else that brings you joy. Practising gratitude can help you stay positive and present, even during difficult times.


Parenting is a challenging and rewarding journey. By practising mindfulness, you can stay present and connected with your children. These tips can help you stay focused, calm, and connected, even during the most challenging moments. Remember to be kind to yourself and practice self-compassion as you navigate the ups and downs of parenting. With practice and patience, you can become a more mindful parent and create lasting memories with your children.


Want to know more? Discover more about the benefits of scientific mindfulness meditation for parenting in Dr. Elise Bialylew’s book The Happiness Plan 💛


"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."




Elise Bialylew is the author of the bestselling book, The Happiness Plan, and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign.

A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project.

Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and on Australian Television. She was recently recognised by the Australian Financial Review as a 2019 AFR Women of Influence.

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