Parenting with Less Stress & More Compassion

This 6-week class delves into ways to be more present with our children and to let go of stress while interacting with family. Discussions topics with written exercises will help you become more aware of your parenting habits and intentions.  Topics include: connecting with yourself, learning to accept yourself and your child(ren), letting go of expectations, finding blessings in imperfection, disciplining mindfully, being with emotional pain, and communicating more mindfully.

All classes are currently delivered through Zoom, an online meeting tool. When in person classes become a safe possibility, we may move to in-person class delivery in our Houston studio. At that point, students will have the choice to join each class in-person or through Zoom.

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Key Takeaways

  • Learn to be less reactive with children when under stress;
  • Let go of expectations that are causing you stress;
  • Shift out of doing mode, into being mode;
  • Identify and release beliefs and habits that are causing parental stress;
  • Identify and nurture your needs and the needs of your children;
  • Learn to set limits and to be with conflict.

Course Description

Parenting is not easy for anyone. Each child is different; and no child comes into this world with a manual!  This class is not meant to provide fast solutions to problems; rather to teach you a different way of being with issues to support more kind communication and interaction. 

In Class One, you will learn to notice when you are reactive and to learn how to identify signs that can stop the reactivity by bringing more calm, curious awareness to the situation. 

Class Two focuses on reconnecting with your body for stress reduction and bringing more acceptance to yourself and your family.

In Class Three, we will talk about how we can learn to be with strong emotions and teach our children to do so. 

Class Four focuses on identifying parenting patterns and beliefs that are not working for you or your children.  

In Class Five, you will learn how to identify your needs and your child’s needs in any situation and how it can help you see mutually beneficial strategies. 

Class Six continues with discussion of needs and how to communicate more mindfully in setting limits and being with conflict.

Because so many intense topics are addressed in this class, such as communication and discipline, you might find that you want to take a follow-up class or an individual session. The Mindfulness Essentials class can help you to develop your own mindfulness skills and Mindful Communication can provide more in depth practice for skillful interactions.

Typical Class Structure:

  • Teaching and Information sharing – Information on parenting will be shared during each session, along with worksheets for discussion.
  • Experiential practices – Classes begin with a brief mindfulness practice (meditation); worksheets are discussed in group; and the class sometimes allows for dyads (two people practicing interaction).

Instructors

Ann Friedman, Ph.D.
Thursdays, October 8 – November 12, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Additional Information

Location:

All classes are currently delivered through Zoom, an online meeting tool. When in person classes become a safe possibility, we may move to in-person class delivery in our Houston studio. At that point, students will have the choice to join each class in-person or through Zoom.

Mindful Being Studio
4544 Post Oak Place Dr., Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77027

*NOTE: Please be sure to type this address exactly into your navigation app as there are several variations of the Post Oak street name in our area. We want to be sure that you are specifically routed to our building.

Parking:

There is free parking available in the front and rear of our office building. For students attending the night classes, there is a security guard in the building.

Please note that the building doors lock at 6pm, so you will need to enter through the back door of the building, where the security guard can see you. 

Other Items to Note:

(Applies to both our Zoom online classes and the in-person classes at our studio)

Come as you are, and be comfortable. Some of our students may be in business attire, and others in workout clothes. 

Class is experiential and includes some teaching, as well as practices with discussion. No one is pressured to speak. 

We recommend that you arrive 5 minutes before class starts. If you are going to arrive late, we want you to know that it is ok, but it is best to be on time to be respectful of the group. But we all understand that sometimes things happen beyond our control and we would rather have you come late than not at all. 

If you are going to miss a class, please inform the instructor.  You may make-up that session in the next class series or repeat the entire series for free.  You may also schedule a private make up session for an additional fee.

You are allowed to bring food and beverages. We do offer water, tea, and coffee at our studio. 

There is no need to take notes. Our instructors will provide summaries of each class as handouts (or sent via email).

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