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Does this sound familiar?
You come home tired and exhausted from your day at work.
Before you can even take off your shoes, you are greeted by the screams and shouts of your kids fighting in the living room.
The kitchen is a mess and there is spilled tomato sauce all over the counter and on the floor.
You close your eyes for a moment to find happy place – a peaceful and quiet Hawaiian sunset with the waves gently crashing on the beach.
Because you realize you’ve got another long and difficult evening ahead of you.
But shouldn’t there be a better way?
Mindfulness can be a great way for you as a parent to retreat from the noise, find your center and focus before jumping back in the real world to face the challenges ahead.
But the practice of mindful parenting is so much more.
It is a way to chose mindfulness as a daily practice that will help you create healthier parent-child relationships and enjoy a happier home life.
Ready to find out more?
Then let’s get started!
The practice of mindful parenting should not be neglected as a practice that can cultivate a deeper parent and child relationship.
As a practice, it focuses on bringing harmony to your home life and family relationships by seeing your children as they are, rather than what you want them to be.
It helps reduce friction by allowing you to chose the role of a mentor and guide through their own personal development and removing some of the pressure and conflicts caused by attempting to tell them what do to.
By now you might worry that taking this approach is going to make things worse by creating a tiny army of unruly monsters with not respect for authority…
But hear this out.
Children who are nurtured under mindful parenting practice often feel more connected to their parents and experience the following benefits:
- Develop a more positive attitude in life
- Enjoy enhanced self esteem and confidence
- Find it easier to adapt to different environments and situation
- Feel more comfortable around elders and figures of authority
- Perform better in school, both in academics and extra curricular activities
In other words, it can be said that that the connection between the parent and the child grows stronger and as such happier children.
Who end up growing up into more responsible and mindful teenagers and adults
Wouldn’t that be any parent’s dream come true?
Since I grew up in a very mindful environment with two parents who meditated daily I decided to ask to share a few tips and tricks on the topic, and here they are:
Mindful parenting classes can be found almost everywhere:
Check out the billboards at your local community center, health food store or yoga studio and you are almost certain to find a mindful parenting class or group being advertised where you can find education and support.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help either – Parenting in itself is hard enough and can be emotionally draining. Mindful parenting is a journey to learn and discover the most efficient ways to handle and deal with the unpredictable situations of a family life.
You can also find interactive classes online teaching parents essential mindful parenting skills and techniques that will lead to more positive and friendly interactions with your kids.
You will quickly notice an improvement in your family life as you start responding in a calmer and a more effective manner in every situation.
Give your child the space to let him/her grow as a unique individual
Let your child be the individual he/she is.
Don’t force your kid to become something that you want.
It is important to build a healthy boundary between you and your kids and respect your child’s sovereignty while encouraging them to explore their own motivation and purpose for doing things the way they do.
This doesn’t mean giving too much freedom to the child.
It is rather about holding space for them so that their minds can truly entertain and nurtures their own aspirations and develop as a unique and harmonious individual.
Your role as a parents becomes to support your child and help in fulfilling their dreams.
You don’t have to be the perfect parent
You don’t have to always strive to the model of the perfect parents.
There will be times when you will fail to be perfect.
This is absolutely fine, because your goal should be to become a good parent by maintaining a healthy and positive bond between your children and yourself.
Mindful parenting is not about being perfect, but to be stress free and secure your family from all obstacles and maintain a harmonious family environment.