This post includes Simple Ways to Find Your Way Back to Mindful Parenting. I want to be a mindful parent. I think about this idea of “parenting with presence” a lot. On this early morning I can’t sleep. So, I am up writing to clear my head. As I sit in a rocking chair staring at my two sweet boys peacefully and adorably asleep in my bed, I ponder about the reasons why I can’t sleep. See, today I had an “angry” day. Please tell me some of you can relate to these days. I was short with my boys. I raised my voice too much. I moved my body in ways that were too swift and curt. My husband is on an extended work trip and the boys, while happy and well adjusted, are a bit needy, especially at night. I haven’t slept well and, to be honest without sounding like I am complaining (because I love my job), I haven’t been able to breathe my own breath too much the past week if that makes sense.
Yes, these types of days make me very sad. I don’t wallow though. So I am up thinking about what I can do to make sure to mitigate these types of days. Below is a simple and what may seem like an obvious list of things I’m planning to do to shift my days and my mood.
Simple Ways to Find Your Way Back to Mindful Parenting
- Drink more water and less coffee
- Eat less sugar, including carbohydrates, and more protein and iron
- More fresh air and outdoor time, generally
- Move my body. Endorphins are good.
- Put my devices down and rest my mind with my boys and for myself
- Write more but find a time for myself to write in peace
- Read for pleasure, even if I choose Fifty Shades of Grey
- Spend more time alone with my husband
- Call an old friend to reconnect
- Write a letter of gratitude
- Listen to music
- Write a story, a poem or a song with my boys
- Family dinner
- Purge and declutter an area of our home
Parenting mindfully isn’t easy. Sometimes when we feel off our game, stepping back to the basics is the answer. Take what need from this list and make it work for you and your family. I have found that simple and small adjustments, like drinking more water, have a profound impact on our overall happiness as a unit and individually.
Thank you for choosing to read this post today. Here are other posts I’ve written on mindful parenting:
Easy Ways to Recharge
Thoughts on Simplicity Parenting
Simple Every Day Ways to Nurture Creativity, Self Control & Self Esteem in Our Children
Magic Words – 10 Ways to Help Communication With Your Toddler & Preschooler
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