So many adverse things can happen when you do not pay attention. This is one reason why alertness is a key skill if you wish to increase your chances of succeeding or winning at anything. This concept is also applicable when it comes to raising children, and it is known as “mindful parenting.”
What is mindful parenting?
As a mindful Mom or Dad, you are fully aware of the need to focus on the present moment. It also entails having the wisdom to control your emotions so you can respond in a manner that will not further aggravate situations. Mindful parenting does not mean giving full attention to your kids at all times. Rather it emphasizes the importance of giving unconditional compassion and understanding to your children.
With tons of duties that come with parenting, you may view this approach as somewhat burdensome. However, a study shows that mindfulness can decrease stress for both parents and children. Another study proves that mindful parenting can improve the overall well-being of a family. If you wish to reap the benefits of being a mindful parent, here are some things to keep in mind:
- See through your children’s eyes
As they say, kids will be kids and their misbehavior can be annoying and frustrating. Yet countless studies have shown that negatively reacting to a child’s bad deeds such as spanking or yelling is not beneficial at all. Putting yourself in the shoes of your children can help you stay patient when dealing with them. By seeing things through their perspective, you become a more understanding parent.
- Prioritize self-care
Mindful parents stay in control of situations because they are calm and relaxed. It is easier to do this if you are not worn out from attending to all your responsibilities. You need to be kind to yourself first if you want to be a better parent. Taking regular breaks and allotting some ‘me time’ can result in a happier and peaceful home.
- Be a good listener
Listen with genuine interest to what your child has to say. Doing it without passing any judgment will encourage your child to speak their mind and open up to you. This effort will also allow you to get to know your children better and in the end, earn their trust. It will result in a stronger bond and your child will start seeing you as a friend.
- Stay grateful
Not everyone gets a chance to raise a child so be thankful for the opportunity to be parents. Staying grateful will allow you to see parenting as a wonderful gift despite the fact that it is not easy. It will also serve as a reminder that your kids are blessings and you will start to appreciate them more. Gratefulness will also pave the way to accept yourself and your kids wholeheartedly.
Parenting does not come with a golden book of rules to follow. But if there is one important factor that all Mom and Dads should always remember – it is the importance of being truly present in every moment.