Mindful parenting is a framework in which parents intentionally bring moment-to-moment awareness to the parent-child relationship.
This is done by developing the qualities of listening with full attention when interacting with their children, cultivating emotional awareness and self-regulation in parenting, and bringing compassion and nonjudgmental acceptance to their parenting interactions.
It may also include elements of mindfulness, a mind-body based approach that helps people change the way they think and feel about their experiences, especially stressful experiences. Mindfulness exercises or mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) are ways of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing and yoga.
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