Mindful parenting entails paying conscious attention to what is going on rather than allowing your emotions to take over. Mindfulness is about letting go of past guilt and cherishing the present moment. It is about accepting whatever is happening rather than attempting to change or ignore it. Mindful parenting does not imply being a “perfect parent,” it is all about being a happy parent. It is not easy and requires practice, but as with many aspects of parenting, some days are better than others, and you can always try again. You may forget to be mindful, but the moment you become aware of your distraction, you have the opportunity to make a different choice – the choice to be present. Being mindful parents entails paying attention to how you’re feeling about raising your child. It does not preclude you from becoming angry or upset. Of course, you will experience difficult emotions, but acting on them unconsciously is what jeopardizes our parenting.
Follow These Tips For Mindful Parenting
Keep Calm and Listen
Listen to your children as you would a friend or coworker, with the same respect you would give an adult. Children have their own set of expectations, wants, and desires. As parents, we guide our children through life, but we must also listen to them and consider their thoughts and feelings. We can then take what we’ve heard and respond to their thoughts, feelings, and desires within the limits of what is realistic. Mindfulness for parents is must to raise a happy child, keep calm and listen.
Focus on One Thing at a Time
Nowadays, most people want to do multi-tasking and are also glorifying the same. When you do multiple things at once, you don’t do any of them properly. Switching between tasks is exhausting and stressful, and it is the polar opposite of mindful parenting. When you focus on one task at a time, you conserve energy and mental resources and are less likely to become exhausted before the end of the day. Being mindful parents focus on one thing at a time.
Give Importance to Self-Care
It’s difficult to be a wonderful giving parent if your inner resources are depleted because you have nothing to give. Recognize and address the times when you feel depleted or run on empty. Stop and consider what you require at that time. Maybe you just need to get some fresh air and some time away from your loved ones. Perhaps a shower will be beneficial. Perhaps some television time is not a bad idea because it will allow you all to unwind. Giving importance to self care is one of the most important parenting lessons when it comes to mindful parenting.
Work on Mind-Body Connections
Children learn to notice what their bodies are telling them when they are taught to connect with their breath. We are constantly rushing, and anxiety has become the norm. Children learn to self-regulate more easily when mind-body connections are made. That ability to self-soothe and manage stress is a valuable asset which will benefit both parents and kids. As a mindful parent, establish both mind and body connection.
Identify Emotional Triggers
Observing your feelings when you conflict with your child is another mindful parenting activity. Make sure to identify the emotional triggers which makes mindful parenting tough at times. You can ask below questions to find a perspective
- Is this my personal property?
- Is this a result of familial parenting patterns?
- What was my role in this conflict or situation?
- Consider your most recent tense situation with your child or squabble with your teen. Consider what emotions were elicited.
- Are you irritated, angry, or embarrassed?
- What did it feel like in your body for you?
- Can you be aware of that feeling and learn to calm it on your own?
Rather than blaming yourself, consider the situation through the eyes of your child or teen and try to feel connected to them.
Put your phone down and make eye contact with your children when they speak to you. Take part. Our children can tell when we are paying attention. Children enjoy chatting and telling stories, and we must be present and listen to them. These interactions form long-lasting bonds for both young children and teenagers. Discover the moment that they are most likely to speak and be present. Recognize that our children and teenagers do not always want advice; they simply want to be heard. Mindful parenting will help you raise a happy child.
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