I find that one of the hardest things for me to do with my kids is to be mindful. That is why I ask them the same question repeatedly- I wasn’t paying attention when they answered. In my own defense, I have to be mindful and completely tuned into those that seek my help professionally on an almost daily basis, so when I get home, I become easily distracted. You can relate to that right?
Mindfulness is “paying attention to the present moment on purpose, without judgment.” You can do this with any activity, at any time. For instance, when washing the dishes, don’t think about your to-do list. “Just pay attention to the sensory experience” of doing the dishes. When playing with your child, focus on the experience of being with them. I promise (well, not literally) that you will have a completely different experience and feel like a better parent and person for that.
I often suggest that my clients try some form of breathing exercise much like the link provided: breathing exercise . These can be done once in the morning and once during the day, along with this body scan as you lie down to sleep. Try setting your alarm 5 minutes earlier so that you can start out your day in a good way!
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Samantha Mahon, M.S.,NCC,LPC
Samantha is a proactive and practical parenting expert. She is a Board Certified Counselor and she uses her knowledge of psychotherapy combined with her own personal and professional experiences to bring you the real-life options as parents.