Parenting Meditation

Parenting Teenagers

Parenting can be stressful when teens, attempting to establish their identity, push against boundaries—and often push their moms away, too. Mothers struggle with the desire to remain connected to their teenager while at the same time allowing the child freedom to mature. Often the mother herself needs to grow and develop her own autonomy alongside her teen’s developing independence.

Creating inner calm

The Transcendental Meditation technique provides a way to access quieter levels of one’s self that are more blissful, expansive, and serene. Absorbed in the fullness of her own inner-being, a woman discovers her completeness. The deep relaxation gained during just a few minutes of TM practice releases accumulated stress and fatigue, allowing a mother to be more tolerant, patient, and flexible. After meditation she is better equipped to withstand the push/pull relationship with her teenager.

Dissolving family stress

When a mother can manage her own emotions and is stable and self-reliant, the home becomes the sanctuary it is meant to be. Teens like to bring their friends home when it’s a loving, relaxed, forgiving place. And when parents and children are all meditating, family life becomes more harmonious because stress is released during meditation, instead of through outbursts and arguments.

Page for teens: this page was designed and written to introduce the TM program to young women.

Relevant Scientific Research Findings on the Transcendental Meditation program

  • Decreased stress
  • Increased tolerance
  • Increased calmness
  • Reduced substance abuse
  • Decreased depression and anxiety
Research on the TM technique has shown

Increased Calmness Meditation
Individuals practicing TM showed significantly increased skin resistance (measure of calmness) during the practice, in contrast to controls. Physiology & Behavior 35: 591-595, 1985.

Increased Actualization Meditation
Those practicing TM increased self-actualization by 3 times as much as procedures of contemplation, concentration and other techniques. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 6: 189-248, 1991