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HOW CAN YOU BE A MINDFUL PARENT?

We’ll be hearing a lot about mindfulness throughout Issue 1 of Motherdom – but what is it? And how can we do it? In these excerpts from Claire Gillman’s book “Five minute mindfulness: Parenting” she explains the basics as well as taking you through a couple of practical exercises:

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

Mindfulness is a way of being. It is about being aware (or mindful) of what is happening around you and bringing your attention to that moment and that experience, without bestowing any sort of judgment on it. In mindfulness, you use all the senses to become aware – so you listen, you sense, you notice details, and you feel. And in doing so, you become present, living moment by moment. In mindfulness, you also become aware of, and take note of, your emotions and then you let them pass without acting on them. It’s not that you ignore distracting thoughts and feelings exactly – rather that you acknowledge them without judgment or worry.

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If you're a parent with kids under 5 and you're interested in maintaining positive mental wellbeing, this is for you. Motherdom’s first issue is packed full of real life stories about maternal mental health, expert pieces from perinatal healthcare and wellbeing practitioners, and practical stuff too - mindfulness for you and your kids, yummy recipes and physical exercises you can do at home! Motherdom has been created by former BBC journalist and mum-of-two Anna Ceesay, who also went through her own maternal mental health issues. Issue 1's theme is "You're not alone".