Parent Education: Stress Management and Mindful Parenting

Now that first quarter grades are posted and classes are in full gear, families may be experiencing the normal stressors of life with an adolescent. Whether it be grades, peer relationships or extracurriculars, students have high expectations for themselves and are busy fulfilling them.

Parents are often concerned that their child’s efforts create unmanageable stress. Questions like, “Is my child overwhelmed?” or, “What can I do to help my child manage stress,” come up more frequently.

On Wednesday, November 11 at 5:30 pm, in the Prep Library, our Parent Education Committee will be hosting an event for families on this topic. Mindfulness practitioners and teachers Kate Reynolds, LPCC and Dana Moore, LPCC, will discuss the benefits of mindful parenting as a stress management tool. Dana and Kate will present a variety of experiential exercises that cultivate a parent’s ability to respond to a challenging moment with intention rather than reactivity. Please join us.If you’d like to wet your whistle before the event, read Lisa Kring’s article, The 5 Main Tenets of Mindful Parenting. Kring, a mindfulness coach and contributor to the Huffington Post, suggests five tenets to mindful parenting:

  • Make space for just being every day
  • Mindfully manage your own stress
  • Embrace the model of the “good enough’ parent
  • Honor your children’s sovereignty
  • Cultivate kindness and compassion

Speakers bios:

Kate Reynolds MA, LPCC has been a licensed psychotherapist in Santa Fe, NM for 17 years.  In her private practice, she integrates family therapy with the practices of mindfulness meditation.  Currently, she is working on National Institue of Health funded research with UNM that explores mindful eating and stress reduction skills with pre-diabetic adolescents and their families.  She has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for the prevention of relapse of major depression. She was the former Clinical Director of the SKY Center, a project of the New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project, overseeing family therapy services and mindfulness education.   She created the curriculum, The Joy of Mindful Parenting, and took pleasure in teaching the course for many years.  She established The Santa Fe Center for Mindfulness in 2007.

Dana Moore M.A.R., MA, LPCC over the last 15 years has taught thousands of yoga and meditation classes to a wide range of people in yoga studios, retreat centers, churches and healthcare settings. Dana provides professional training to yoga teachers and health care workers in the U.S.A., Canada and Europe. For 10 years Dana co-taught workshops at Esalen and Kripalu with Bessel van der Kolk, MD, the world-renowned expert on psychological trauma and pioneer researcher on the the psychobiology of traumatic stress. Dana integrates graduate studies in theology from Yale University and humanistic psychology from Boston College along with numerous professional training programs in yoga, mindfulness, psychotherapy, spirituality and auricular acupuncture.