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October 2012 archive

5 Tips to Being a Mindful Parent

Did you know that we think of 70,000 thoughts per day?  When I first heard this I was astounded by the figure but then I monitored what I thought for a day and I could see how it could equate to that amount. We live such busy lives and often forget about living in the moment, becoming more mindful.

 

So, what is mindfulness? It’s simply bringing awareness to the present moment without judgement.  I thoroughly recommend watching the movie (or read the book) ‘Way of the Peaceful Warrior’ by Dan MacMillan.

Below are my 5 sure tips to being a mindful parent:

  1. Don’t rush. Next time you are giving your child a bath, don’t look at the clock. Take the time to sit with them and play with their toys or talk to them about their day.  Don’t bring your phone with you. Simply be there for them.
  2. Be present.  Simply be there for your child, listen intently and when you are spending time with them.  Be fully present with your child.
  3. Be patient.  Maybe your child isn’t achieving milestones quick enough or they do something that upsets you.  Next time this happens, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
  4. You are their teacher.  They will take on your beliefs and habits into their adult life. Think about what you say before you say it.  They are learning from you.  Be the best teacher you can be so they can have the best start in life.
  5. Have fun.  When was the last time you actually sat down on the floor with your child and played with their toys or got out a game to play?  Spend some time with your child and have quality time and fun.  I know this is hard, I am a mother too. I try to at least make time to read books before my son goes to bed to give him some solid time with just me, even if it is just cuddles on the lounge :)

Remember, being present means shifting your awareness to the present moment. Forget about what happened yesterday or the day or what’s happening tomorrow. It’s about NOW.

Leave a comment below with what gets in your way of spending quality time (completely present) with your children? What distractions get in your way? ie. Social media, cooking, chores, work, checking emails?

Stay tuned for future blog posts on how to create self-care practices during your pregnancy or as a new mum so you have more energy to give your child your fullest attention and presence.

Love

Michelle xx