Mindfulness in Parenting: Creating More "Best Parenting Moments"

Dr. Liliana Lengua

Mindfulness in Parenting: Creating More "Best Parenting Moments"

6:30 - 8:30 pm

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Dr. Liliana Lengua, Child Psychologist, Psychology Professor and Director of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being will lead this training on evidence-based mindful parenting, including tools for bringing mindfulness into your everyday interactions with your child.

Using best practices in parenting is challenging for most parents, particularly when families are experiencing stress or disruptions from economic or work challenges, family conflict, mental health issues, divorce, bereavement, or other stressful life circumstances, or when dealing with temperamentally challenging children. Parents who can adopt mindfulness practices might be better able to engage in effective parenting and positive interactions with their children. Dr. Lengua will interweave mindfulness practices with best parenting practices that can be used in every-day interactions between parents and children to enhance parents’ effectiveness and satisfaction in interacting with their children.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand best parenting practices of warmth, responsiveness and consistency
  • Use mindfulness practices to increase use of best parenting practices
  • Use mindfulness practices to be present, calm and wise-minded
  • Combine specific parenting and mindfulness practices when interacting with children.

Liliana Lengua, Ph.D. is a mother of 3 children, a child clinical psychologist, a professor of psychology at the University of Washington, and director of the UW Center for Child and Family Well-Being. She is an internationally recognized expert on children’s vulnerable and resilient responses to stress, demonstrating how parenting and children’s temperament contributes to children’s unique responses to stress. She is also recognized for her research on the effects of stress and disadvantage on parenting and children’s social-emotional development, and has developed and evidence-based parenting program infused with mindfulness practices to enhance parenting effectiveness. She has been the principal investigator of several federally funded research projects and is the author of over 50 published papers