Granddaddy's Secrets: Using mindful parenting!

Published on Monday, 4 September 2017 20:54
Written by Daniel Blanchard


It’s tough out there today for our younger newer parents! Have you noticed how quickly hospitals are pushing patients out the door and back into their homes to recover? This brevity of medical services, especially for young parents who are trying to figure out what to do with their new baby, is a tough way to start, isn’t it?

Once these young parents get back home into their neighborhoods, they’re finding out that the old neighborhood isn’t the old neighborhood that we remember. You see, the old neighborhood used to be a close-knit community where parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors were around to help new parents. We all know that with today’s modern pressures almost no one is around to help anymore. The old close-knit community just isn’t there anymore. That old support structure we used to have, no longer exists for many young parents.

During these challenging times for new parents, this is where mindful parenting comes in. Now, some think of mindfulness as some form of positive thinking, while others call it meta-cognition, which is thinking about our thinking. Some even say to ‘train the brain’ because our brains are constantly running ahead of us and the real world, and it’s almost always causing havoc in our lives. Ironically, most of this anxiety is usually unnecessary and not even real when the dust finally does settle.

The beautiful thing about parents using mindfulness is that there are no bad side effects. This mental process is like taking a wonder drug to help gain this state of mind, however, there are no pills, elixirs or side-effects. Furthermore, mindful thinking and mindful parenting builds our inner strength and resilience when we’re thinking about our thinking, and thus no longer acting in a reactionary manner.

Now, as my Granddaddy always said, “Go learn, lead and lay the way to a better world for all of us.” We really can be mindful parents who practice mindful parenting. And once again parents, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…

Daniel Blanchard is a New Britain schoolteacher who is also an award-winning author and speaker. Learn more about Dan at:

Posted in The Bristol Press, Column on Monday, 4 September 2017 20:54. Updated: Monday, 4 September 2017 20:57.