Mindful Parent Series
A 6 week, Mindfulness-Based series for parents with kids of all ages.
6 Weeks to Cultivate Peace in Parenting
This donation-based, Mindful Parent series has been created to support, nurture and guide parents on their lifetime, parenting retreat. Each drop-in session includes elements of self-care, mindfulness practices, education, group discussion, and experiential exercises in a community of parents. This program is suited for beginners and experienced mindfulness practicioners alike, and weaves self-compassion, communication skills, emotional regulation and the neuro-biology of the developing child into a six, accessible and affordable sessions.
Cultivate an embodied understanding of what mindfulness is, and how to apply it to parenting.
Learn and practice a variety of mindfulness practices to nurture self-compassion, non-judgmental awareness and mind-body connection.
Learn Mountain Parenting and the ability to respond skillfully and compassionate with your partner and children.
Understand the neuro-biology of the developing brain – in easy to digest terms – and how to hope your child regulate challenging emotional states with confidence and a grounded prescence.
Develop authentic, and compassionate communication skills to model and teach respect.
Learn ‘No-Drama Discipline’ elments based on the work of Dr. Dan Siegel.
Practice self-regultion with challenging emotions through the bottom-up.
Challenge irrational thoughts that deny reality and deliver suffer for you and your family
Build a supportive community and individual practices as the foundation to Mindful Parenting.
june 10, june 17, june 24, july 1, july 8, july 15th, 2016
5:15pm – 6:15pm
713 Cooper Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Phone: (970) 928-3440
donation-based ($10 suggested donation, however, pay what you can!)
For questions or more information, contact Dan Panzarella@ 970-456-9382 or via EMAIL.
Week 1: Foundations of Mindfulness
a. Practice 1 mundane act (eating, brushing teeth, shower, drinking, etc.) mindfully each day and write a short paragraph about your experience using thoughts, feelings and sensations.
b. Watch this video and if interested, implement in your day.
c. Prepare for the next class by taking this Self-Compassion Assessement. Bring results to the next class!
Week 2: Self-Compassion
a. Experiment with practicing a self-compassion guided exercise each day. Take notes on your direct experience (thoughts, feelings, and sensations) after the exercise. Click Here for exercises.
b. Complete the Attachment Style Quiz and bring results to class.
Week 3: Attachment
a. Write down a list of ‘expectations’ you have for your child. Please do not censor and be honest. Examples might be: “I expect my child to make good decisions about the friends they choose,” or “I expect that my child will listen to me,” or I expect that my child understands consequences.”
b. Do a google search for ages and stages of development around cognitive, emotional and physical abilities. Go through your list above and circle any expectations that you have that are not realistic based on average developmental stage development.
Week 4: Neurobiology & Regulation
Last week, we discussed how any perceived threat (defined as any experience that is a challenge to integrate) triggers either a hyper-arousal (fight or flee) or hypo-arousal (freeze or fall asleep) of the nervous system. We also learned that ALL BEHAVIOR is an attempt to bring the nervous system back into a state of regulation vs. being “good” or bad.” Given such, please reflect and journal on the following:
a. In what ways do you attempt to achieve a state of regulation? (yoga, yelling, drinking, hiking, smoking, eating, sleeping, isolating, connecting, checking out with t.v./social media, etc.) Is your style or strategies/behaviors what you would like your children to see? Is it the style you want them to adopt?
b. What regulation behaviors were modeled to you as child from parents or caregivers? What impact did these modeled behaviors have on you as a child and adult?
Dan Panzarella, MA. LPC, is a licensed professional counselor, family therapist at the Youth Recovery Center at Valley View Hospital, and mindfulness instructor. His dedication to supporting familes and parents stems from years of professional experience, personal struggles and mindfulness practices. As a loving and imperfect father, Dan strives to become the best parent and husband he can be while supporting others.