Special in-person workshops are scheduled for November in Dubai. Please contact us to book or for more info. 

Self-paced downloadable workshops are also available. 

Our Mindful Parenting Workshops are facilitated by Joanne Jewell, our experienced parenting specialist who has worked with parents and children in schools and privately for the past 15 years. Her sessions are well loved and focus on supporting parents. Joanne incorporates strategies and ideas from a variety of highly respected sources, including Attachment Parenting and the writings of other professionals such; as Alfie Kohn, Dr Dan Siegel, Janet Lansbury, Faber & Mazlish, Tina Bryson, Sarah Ockwell-Smith, Sue Gerhardt and Rebecca Eames to name a few. What these practitioners and Joanne have in common is the utmost respect for both children and parents, a desire to grow and focus on how we can be the best parent possible, not perfect but positive about our children and ourselves and their potential. Joanne’s personal mindfulness practice brings a compassionate clarity to her teaching and enables her to embed these practices into her workshops, which complement our Mindfulness programmes. Joanne is also a certified mindfulness teacher.

Whilst common strategies and skills run through all the workshops, each course is personalised to the aims and needs of the parents.

Joanne encourages parents to ask questions and spends time giving feedback to ensure that your learning is fully supported. You will start the course by reflecting on your personal goals and this will be the focus of your learning, supported by a knowledgeable and highly experienced educator who will facilitate your learning.  In order to benefit fully from the course, it is important to attend every week.

The workshops are suitable for all parents with children aged from 1 all the way up to 18 years of age. Whilst the key skills you learn are suitable for all ages, we do group parents together with children of a similar age to maximise the learning experience. Each workshop has a different focus:

Contact us here to sign up or ask any questions about these workshops.

 

Living as a Mindful Parent: 

Age Specific Workshops: 

The age-specific workshops are now available downloadable courses that you can do in your own time.

Understanding Toddlers (1 – 3 years)

When our babies become toddlers, we relish the experience of them starting to walk, to speak and seeing their unique personalities really begin to form.  At the same time, we can feel a shift in our role as their parents as we begin the job of teaching them what boundaries are and this can collide with their need for control and the insistence of doing things their way!  Their brains are still at the start of their journey too – and understanding what your toddler needs at this stage of their development and what they are really capable of learning and doing can make life (yours and theirs) much easier and a lot more fun.

On this 3 week workshop you will learn the latest science-based research about your toddler, how to parent them according to their needs and capabilities and what the building blocks are you can put in place to ensure a close, connected and secure relationship between you and your child all the way through to adulthood.  We will cover topics including the following:

  • Why being conscious is vital in parenting
  • What a Mindful parent is – and isn’t
  • Development of the Toddler brain
  • Why toddlers are egotistical and what this means for them and you
  • The role of play in your toddler’s learning
  • What boundaries are and how to set them
  • Parenting triggers – and how to avoid them
  • How to respond to common toddler behaviours e.g. tantrums, sleeping, eating, biting, potty training, whining and hitting

This is an online self-paced workshop which you can participate in at time and place most convenient to you.   All 3 sessions are presented by Jo Jewell, Mindful Parenting teacher, and include answers to frequently asked questions on all the topics covered.  In addition, your workshop includes one 30 minute online private session with Jo, which you can book at your convenience.  You will also be able to continue to access the workshop whenever you wish to support your ongoing practice and it will be available from 1st July 2020.

Upcoming sessions:

Mindful Parenting of Children (4 – 10 years)

Alfie Kohn writes “Well-behaved children do what their parents want them to do, and become what their parents want them to become, but often at the price of losing a sense of themselves”.  So, what is the difference between Mindless Obedience and Mindful Co-operation, and which one do you want to teach your child?

Our sense of self is vital for emotional health and well-being, it means we know who we are, we trust our intuition, our sense of right and wrong and it allows us to try new things without fear of failure, to make friends who accept us for who we are and to be comfortable in our bodies and our minds.

Raising children who develop mindful co-operation isn’t an easy task, it requires us to role model it as a parent – not perfectly or properly but with compassion to ourselves when we fail and a conscious choice to do better next time.   It means that we need to practise being present with all emotions and all behaviours and choose how we respond, even when we are triggered by our children’s lack of co-operation as they learn and struggle and grow and have big feelings of their own.  It also means taking care of ourselves and asking for help and support when we need it – and this is why we teach Mindful Parenting through workshops, group discussions and, during the current pandemic we are teaching it online so you can be part of our community wherever you live in the world.

Feedback on this workshop includes “life changing”, “the best thing I’ve ever learnt”, “I use these skills every day”,  “I saw a change after the first week”, “Now I know why my child behaves the way they do and how to respond”.

This workshop will include the following topics:

  • Why being conscious is vital in parenting
  • What a Mindful parent is – and isn’t
  • Development of your child’s brain
  • How to teach skills such as resilience, persistence, motivation and focus
  • What boundaries are and how to set them
  • Praise and growth mindset
  • How to teach without using punishment or reward
  • Parenting triggers – and how to avoid them
  • Managing common childhood behaviours e.g. defiance, anxiety, sleeping, eating, making friends, not listening, getting along with siblings

This workshop will also be available as a online self-paced workshop from 1 September which you can participate in at time and place most convenient to you.   All 4 sessions are presented by Jo Jewell, Mindful Parenting teacher and include answers to frequently asked questions on all the topics covered.  In addition, your workshop includes one 30 minute online private session with Jo, which you can book at your convenience.  You will also be able to continue to access the workshop whenever you wish to support your ongoing practice and attend live sessions as refreshers.

Upcoming workshops:

Mindful Parenting of Adolescents (11+ years)

The focus of the workshop is to learn the skills to build a compassionate and connected relationship with your teen and then maintain this throughout their adolescence and beyond – this relationship and the skills you in turn teach them provides teens with a number of protective factors that support them in friendships, at school, University and their mental health.  During the sessions we will look at the teenage brain and how it changes, and why, during the years 10 to 24 and how this impact on their mental and emotional wellbeing as well as their behaviour.  Having this greater understanding makes it much easier for you to support them and use the skills I will teach you – these are all evidence based and as a result of extensive research into the adolescent years as well as through my professional training as a UK counsellor and having raised 3 teens myself.

For parents of children aged 11+ years, this workshop that will dispel the myths of adolescence as well as teaching you the neuroscience of your child’s brain, how this change after puberty and the affect this has on adolescent thinking and behaviour.  This is the last stage of your parenting before your child leaves school, home and possibly lives in another country so it’s vital to ensure that your relationship is healthy and strong meaning you can continue to teach, coach, guide and set safe boundaries during the riskiest time of their existence.

Mindfulness, in conjunction with neuroscience, gives us some incredibly useful skills and will enable you to be the parent your child needs to grow into a successful, happy adult.  During this workshop we will look at the following topics:

    • Why being conscious is vital in parenting adolescents
    • What a Mindful parent is – and isn’t
    • Development of your teen’s brain
    • How to develop skills such as resilience, persistence, motivation and focus
    • What boundaries are and how to set them
    • How to guide your adolescent without using punishment or reward
    • Managing common teenage behaviours e.g. defiance, anxiety, sleeping, eating, social media, gaming, friendships, stress, pushing boundaries, anger, school and exams
    • Parenting triggers – and how to avoid them
Upcoming sessions:

Mindful Parenting of Siblings 

  • Review of Mindful Parenting strategies & skills
  • What do sibling relationships look like?
  • How do we parent siblings?
  • Role-modelling sibling relationships
  • Connecting with siblings
  • Skills for making friends
  • Comparisons & Equality
  • Helping kids with competitive feelings
  • Favouritism
  • Birth order
  • Praising siblings
  • Labelling
  • Giving siblings ‘roles’
  • How to deal with fighting
  • Skills for Intervention
  • Skills for Peace
  • Conflict resolution
  • Sharing
  • Preventing rivalry
  • Welcoming a new sibling into the family

enquire about upcoming dates by emailing info@mindfulme.me

Mindfulness Practice for Parents:

As Eckhart Tolle shares with us, “Without a conscious parent, there can be no conscious parenting.  Ultimately…the deeper cause of family dysfunction is not the parents’ lack of knowledge or education but their lack of awareness”.

This workshop will teach you the skills and practise of awareness – recognising your own behaviours and thoughts as a parent – without judgement or criticism, but instead learning how to acknowledge your triggers with compassion and patience, so that you can learn how to calm yourself from a place of love and acceptance and then apply wisdom and logic to your personal and parenting choices.

This is a 4-week workshop where you will be taught the following skills and practices in a small group with other parents who are also keen to develop their own awareness through

  • 9 Attitudes of Mindfulness
  • Informal Mindfulness Practices
  • Formal Mindfulness Meditation
  • Noticing thoughts and feelings
  • Recognising triggers
  • Self-compassion & Non-Judgement
  • Practices to bring mindfulness into my family life
  • Finding my pause button
  • Applying wisdom to my parenting choices

Mindfulness for Parents (part 1)

Upcoming online workshops:

  • More dates to be announced soon

Parenting with Presence (part 2)

“When you parent with presence you can turn the way your children challenge you into a mirror that allows you to become aware of your own hitherto unconscious patterns.  And by becoming aware of them, you can begin to transcend them”.  Eckhart Tolle

This workshop follows on from Mindfulness Practice of Parents and will allow you to deepen awareness of your parenting journey and the teaching your children offer you.  We will continue to explore the practice of mindfulness, providing further teaching and opportunities for your meditation practice as well as strategies for responding in the moment to the triggers and challenges of parenting.  Here is your opportunity to learn from Jo’s experience of raising 3 children whilst practicing Mindful Parenting herself, as well as years of expertise gained from working with children, adolescents and parents for almost 20 years as a therapist.  This is your chance to explore the following questions for yourself:

  • How did I learn to parent myself and my children?
  • How can I become conscious of my parenting triggers?
  • What does it mean for me to be on this journey?
  • Will I ever stop parenting?
  • What do I still need to learn about myself as a parent?
  • Why does it feel so hard sometimes and what can I do?
  • Why it can sometimes feel lonely or scary to parent consciously
  • How can I teach my partner to parent with me?

Joining this workshop means you already have a Mindfulness practice as part of your life and have attended a mindfulness workshop with Mindful Me.  If you haven’t attended a workshop with us before please contact Jo directly to discuss your practice and whether this workshop is the best way to support you on your current journey.

  • Parenting with Presence ongoing closed group
    • Parents who have attended the 4-week workshop can choose to attend our ongoing practice group – this will be held fortnightly on a Wednesday evening at 8pm and topics will be agreed by the group with Jo.  This is a closed group for parents who have an existing mindfulness practice and want to continue to practice and grow together.  The fee is AED100pp per session. Sessions are held on Wednesdays fortnightly. Contact us to book.