Mindfulness has recently become a buzz word; but what does it mean to be a Mindful Parent? How do we better connect with our children in a fast-paced and digital world? Research shows that parent interactions have a huge impact on the way the child views himself/ herself and on his/her personal resilience.
In this workshop, we will discuss how to parent in the present and observe without judging. Parents will learn how to respond to their child’s needs instead of reacting which can establish a foundation of trust and security that will last a lifetime. We will explore different styles of parenting and how to set limitations and boundaries while allowing the child to experience autonomy and independence. Such an approach to parenting aligns well with Montessori philosophy.
Presenter: Dr Georgina Reynhout
Georgina Reynhout, holds a Doctoral degree in Philosophy in Special Education, a Master’s degree in Special Education and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science with Education. An Adjunct Fellow of Macquarie University, Georgina has teaching and research interests in child development, family centred practice, inclusive and special education, behaviour management, and autism. An author of nationally and internationally acclaimed research, Georgina regularly reviews articles for research journals such as Educational Psychology in Practice, Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice and The International Journal of Disability, Development and Education.
Georgina has over 35 years of experience working with families and children. She has worked in mainstream and specialised contexts in early childhood, preschool, primary and secondary settings. For over ten years she has held leadership positions in schools and the NSW Department of Education. Georgina works to support children and families through the implementation of holistic evidence-based, best-practice approaches that optimise well-being, and ensure that children reach their full potential.