Breathe, listen and say thank you.
Those seemingly simple steps are key to the “mindful” approach to parenting that Dr. Kristen Race will present in “From Surviving to Thriving” on Jan. 27 at Boulder Country Day.
More than 200 are expected to attend the free event, when Dr. Race draws on the latest brain research to show how mindfulness changes the brain. The presentation is a part of the ongoing Boulder Country Day’s Parent Education Series.
Speaking from professional expertise and her own experience as a parent in today’s go-go world, Dr. Race fuses brain science with simple mindfulness strategies for adults and children, all designed to create resiliency towards stress.
Those who practice mindfulness – paying attention to the present moment without judgement – feel happier and healthier and become more present in relationships and home life, according to Dr. Race.
The author of Mindful Parenting and founder of Mindful Life, Dr. Race offers methods of staying present, focused and calm that can serve as a powerful counterbalance for a “generation of stressed-out parents raising a generation of stressed-out kids.”
She says mindfulness strengthens the neural pathways in our prefrontal cortex making it stronger, more efficient and easier to use.
At a time when the rate of anxiety and depression in elementary school children is at an all-time high, her message is timely. “We don’t have to embark on major life transformations to change our lives. It is the simple practices that lead to the most significant and sustainable changes,” Dr. Race explains.
In Wednesday’s presentation, audience members will learn:
- Why stress is so prevalent and highly contagious
- How to become more resilient to stressors inside and outside of the home
- Benefits of a mindfulness practice and ways to practice at work, home, and as a family
- How having a mindfulness practice makes you a happier, healthier parent and spouse
- The 5 easy ways to take your family from “survive to thrive”
Dr. Race has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Real Simple. She is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today, a TEDx speaker, and has trained over 2000 leaders in her methods worldwide.
Now in its second year, Boulder Country Day’s Parent Education Series offers free, public presentations to help parents with challenges that arise in today’s complex world. Presentations have included Nutrition and Your Children: Creating a Balance of Optimal Health and an Empowered Eater by Dr. Colleen Ryan, Living in the Shadow of the Too-Good Mother Archetype by local psychotherapist and parenting coach Dr. Patti Ashley; and a talk on bullying prevention by Rosalind Wiseman, nationally recognized anti-bullying expert.
- From Surviving to Thriving, presented by Dr. Kristen Race
- Jan. 27, 2016
- 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
- Boulder Country Day
- 4820 Nautilus Ct
- Boulder, CO 80301
- Free and open to the public
Register to attend.
For More Information
Visit the Boulder Country Day website.
Watch this You Tube presentation by Dr. Kristen Race: