Being Present With Our Children
The Study & Practice of Mindful Parenting
Approach to Parenting
One of the greatest delights in being a parent is being present with our children. When we are truly present, we feel complete, whole and fully alive. The practice of parenting mindfully means being in touch/ aware/ present with what is happening in our lives right now, in this moment with loving, non-judgmental attention. When we use mindfulness to be more in touch with our children, we are able to take delight in the small pleasures of everyday life, as well as being better able to stand in the middle of chaos. As we become more centered and balanced, we can respond to stressful situations with clarity and freshness instead of reacting out of old patterns. Living mindfully with our families, we provide a more loving home, as well as a role model for our children as they explore the world around them.
The programs approach to parenting is experiential. The skills that are taught are in the form of exercises that can be practiced over time with increasing success. The workshops and classes provide support and opportunities to learn from other parents who are exploring the same approach. Telephone appointments and one-on-one sessions are offered. Nancy is available for talks to nursery schools, parenting groups, etc.
Nancy Hathaway, M.Ed. is the founder of Being Present With Our Children. Nancy is a parent educator and counselor with a private practice in Blue Hill, Maine, and works with other parents, couples and individuals. She has been a consultant to corporations, colleges, grammar schools, and HMOs. She has trained in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. As a Senior Dharma Teacher of the Kwan Um School of Zen, she has led numerous retreats, workshops, and classes.
She is the author of "I'm Breathing, Are You?" an essay published by Shambala Publications in an anthology for mothers, Your Children Will Raise You, Finding Your Inner Mama and was selected for the anthology, The Best Buddhist Writing 2006.
Nancy has been a parent for 27 years. She is the mother of two happy, successful, and compassionate young men.
For more information about these offerings or this approach to parenting as a practice of being present with our children, please contact the office with the contact form, by calling 207-664-6181, or writing to: