Dr. Kristin Schaefer-Schiumo| Manhasset NY

Be the Kind of Parent You Admire Not Just for the New Year, But for Always.

Be the Kind of Parent You Admire Not Just for the New Year, But for Always.

As we turn the page to 2018, it seems like a good time to re-examine yourself as a parent. I’m certain that your children are your top priority. You make sure they eat healthy (enough), get them to bed (mostly) on time, and encourage them to explore their interests and participate in extra curricular activities. You hug them when they need it, care for them when they are sick. I know it’s fair to say that you love your children more than anything in this world.

Of course you do loose your patience at times, you struggle with what to do when your child is melting down, or you find yourself disconnected from the here and now. How often have you jumped onto the computer to research “just one quick thing” or to answer “just one work email”, only to look up and find that an hour or two has gone by? And that snack you were going to make for your children, the quality time you intended to have? Oops, that didn’t happen.

But, warts and all you remain a good parent. You could just benefit from some tools to retrain your brain so that stress and life’s distractions don’t get the better of you. Together, we can build mindfulness practices that strengthen your resilience, and your children’s resilience, to stress. We will do this in a meaningful and realistic way that will help you develop in the moment skills to strengthen your response to stress and better your relationship with your children. Your children will benefit simply from having a calmer parent. Then, whether racing to sports practice or music events, navigating mealtimes, or working through the demands of school, you can teach your children to develop their own fun, in the moment, mindfulness practices that help them better cope with the struggles of everyday life for the rest of their lives.

Kristin Schaefer Schiumo, Ph.D

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