Conscious Parenting

  • My Mind Master’s Conscious Parenting Programming enlightens immigrant parents to help them build positive relationships with their children.

    Often, immigrant parents struggle to communicate with their children upon moving to a new country. This phenomenon is known as “intergenerational differences in acculturation”. As per definition, intergenerational differences in acculturation are a major issue faced by immigrant children and their families.

    The acculturation gap is preceded by economic and social acculturative stressors such as the cultural differences, stress related to the immigration process, role reversal issues, separation of family members, values, and language issues. The linguistic barrier between parents and children becomes li clear evidence of emotional separation, often creating conflict and discord in the family.

    Both immigrant parents and children may experience ongoing hardship living in a liminal state between two cultures. When an immigrant family doesn’t know to deal with the acculturation gap conflict, a plethora of adverse outcomes are easily experienced by all members of the family, producing adverse effects in the parent–child relationship.  The social and psychological impact of the intergenerational differences in acculturation can cause less family bonding, higher cultural dissonance, more family misunderstandings and discrepancies, and behavioural problems.

    Due to the lower quality of the parent–child relationship during the acculturation process, children of immigrant families with high levels of acculturative stress are at risk of presenting antisocial behaviour, conduct problems, and aggressiveness. They may also develop other problems such as depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Similarly, parents can feel emotionally disconnected and misunderstood; like having constant feelings of sadness, anger, frustration, anxiety, hurt, and disappointment as they perceive their children have no cultural identity with their heritage.

     

    Positive Functioning Outcomes

    Intergenerational differences in acculturation can be minimised and avoided. For this, it is crucial to solve acculturative issues through early intervention, or even before the immigration process as a preventive measure.

    It is essential for parents to understand themselves first, finding the real reasons why migration was an option for the family. For an immigrant family to be able to develop a parent-child relationship in their new land, it is necessary to have a clear understanding of the new culture and to accept cultural differences as part of the family intercultural integration. A strong and positive parent-child bond can improve the family’s adjustment and can serve as a protective component during the immigration process, as well as the child(ren)’s social and psychological development.

    When parents exhibit conscious integrative behaviour, they can teach their child(ren) how to cultivate positive emotions and how to deal with their negative emotions when facing acculturation adversities. It is unquestionably crucial for immigrant parents who want to foster mutual respect between themselves and family members to help their children to find their identity and to teach them how to live a happy life wherever they live.

    The Conscious Parenting Support Programme supports immigrant parents to manage and resolve intergenerational conflict, as well as:

    • Getting rid of limiting beliefs and negative emotions that are unhealthy for both themselves and their children;
    • Using suitable tools to provide adequate guidance and awareness to their children; and
    • Help their children to cultivate positive emotions and become confident, enlightened, healthy, well-behaved, and successful in their lives.

     

    This program is suitable for parents of children of any age.

    Remember, children are a reflection of their parents! Be enlightened, and your children will follow you as a role model and example.