Saturday, February 27, 2016 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm
As teachers, therapists, and allied professionals sharing mindfulness with youth in varied settings within our communities we often must deal with parental concerns and expectations regarding both their children and mindfulness. Some parents do not want their children to participate in mindfulness because they believe that it conflicts with their belief systems, or is a waste of time. Some parents want to introduce their children to mindfulness because the children are suffering- dealing with the daily stresses of modern life, ADHD, anxiety, depression, self-harming behaviors such as eating disorders, drug and alcohol use, cutting, unsafe sexual activity, other high risk behaviors, and suicidality. Others want to introduce their children to mindfulness to enhance their academic, athletic or artistic performance.
In this workshop we will explore skillful and compassionate ways of responding to parental fear and desire. We will sit together and then reflect upon our intentions for doing this work. Participants will work in small groups to explore possible responses to difficult situations they have encountered. Together we will look at what is underneath both parental behavior and our reactions/ and responses. I will share the wisdom I have gained from working with children and parents in schools, clinical research trials, and my private practice. We will have ample time to explore how we can meet the children and parents that we serve, and ourselves where we are, with as much skill, joy, compassion, humor, and humility as possible.