One of the things that I am often talking about with people in my guise as an ecomum, is taking life just that little bit slower, not rushing from place to place with your kids, feeling that if you don’t move you are missing out on something.
I am always encouraging the idea of just sitting down with your children and simply enjoying your time together. So it was a very pleasant surprise the other day to come across an article about Mindful Parenting (MP) and to know that there is a whole movement out there encouraging parents to slow down and connect with their children.
So what is it?
It is based on the Buddhist concept of “mindfulness” – the awareness of your thoughts, actions and motivations and how they affect others.
It is the opposite idea to “unconscious” parenting which sadly a lot of us do, that our reactions are quick and without thought leading to arguments and stress. Research has shown that MP can help reduce stress, anxiety and violence.
The idea with MP is to understand that there is no more important activity than spending time with your children, try to appreciate how your children see you, this is not about losing boundaries and spoiling them.
Don’t forget: Your kids need you, not extra activities.
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