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Positive Mindful Parenting

The importance of social support and positive relationships for parents.

Social support is a fundamental human need, after the basic physiological needs

Positive social support

Positive social support

of feeding, warmth and safety.  Belonging and love is the third area of need on Maslows hierarchy of needs.

Parents are suggested to have lower levels of happiness and life satisfaction as compared to childless couples (Seligman, 2011) or single persons, (Nelson, Kushlev, & Lyubomirsky, 2014). This is based on the fact that parents are suggested to have an increase of negative emotions and a reduction of life satisfaction and limited positive relationships. (Though parents do experience higher levels of meaning and purpose which is also important for happiness and flourishing)

This is particularly true of new single mothers of  young infants, who are suggested to have a 13% risk of Postpartum Depression (PPD) (Beck, 2001; O’Hara & Swain, 1996). This is due to poor marital relationship & low social support (O’Hara & Swain, 1996). However, PPD is not as previously thought most prevalent in the first year, but four years postpartum, with a prevalence of 14.5%, moreover, mothers with only 1 child at 4 years postpartum are 22.9% more likely to suffer depressive symptoms, (Woolhouse, Gartland, Mensah, & Brown, 2015). Furthermore, even without the symptoms of PPD new mothers are suggested due to increased negative emotions, increased financial burden and sleep disturbance to experience reduced subjective wellbeing (SWB), (Nelson et al., 2014).

The UK government understands the importance of social support for parents by funding children’s centres which offer baby and toddler groups and pre-school places for 3-5 year old.  However this doesn’t offer the flexibility for working parents with 0-3 year old.  My bubs hubs are designed to primarily offer social support and positive relationships for working mothers.  As well as the chance to work on listening to your parenting instinct, positively balance your life and look after your flourishing child.

The most important benefit of my Bubs hubs is the social support offered from being part of a network of like minded mothers. If you are interested in joining one of my bubs hubs contact me for a free 20 minute consultation.

References

Beck, C. T. (2001). Predictors of postpartum depression: an update. Nursing Research, 50(5), 275-285.

Maslow, A. H. (1943). A theory of human motivation. Psychological Review , 50 (4), 379-396.

Nelson, S. K., Kushlev, K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2014). The Pains and Pleasures of Parenting: When Why, and How Is Parenthood Associated With More or Less Well-Being? Psychological Bulletin, 140(3), 846-895.

O’Hara, M. W., & Swain, A. M. (1996). Rates and risk of postpartum depression-a meta-analysis. International review of psychiatry, 8(1), 37-54.

Seligman, M. E. (2011). Flourish – A new understanding of happiness and well-being. London: Nicholas Brealey Publishing.

Woolhouse, H., Gartland, D., Mensah, F., & Brown, S. J. (2015). Maternal depression from early pregnancy to 4 years postpartum in a prospective pregnancy cohort study: implications for primary health care. BJOG, 122, 312-321.

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