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Why There's No Such Thing As Mindful Parenting | Speaking in Washington, DC Sept 2019

The Child Repair Guide with Dr. Steve Silvestro

Release Date: 09/16/2019

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Decided to share one of my speaking engagements with you because -- I hope -- there are some pearls in here that you might find helpful.

Last week, I was invited to speak at Dentons in Washington, DC, to talk about "mindfulness for parents" with their Parent Professional Network. 

You'll hear: 

  • A powerful story from my pediatric training that shows how mindfulness can help us connect with ourselves in life-changing ways
  • How to bring mindfulness into your family even without formal meditation
  • Why putting our kids first and ourselves last ISN'T always in our kids' best interest
  • Why pediatricians & parents struggle with little old ladies!
  • HOW mindfulness works -- the most important part of the conversation that never gets discussed
  • A full guided imagery exercise
  • Why there's no such thing as "mindful parenting"

You can watch the video of this whole episode on my YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/drstevesilvestro

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