How to take time to focus on you and your child.
by Melanie Lyons @http://thoughtsquirrels.me
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Ah, the end of the day! Finally a chance to put your feet up and have some “me” time, after a day filled with Guest post getting kids dressed, making meals, cleaning up meals, rushing your kids out the door, running errands, dealing with tantrums, and everything else that happened to pop up. You are ready to just sit, but there is a bit of sadness as you realize you haven’t really connected with your kids. Your thoughts have been on the next task that needed to be done. Does this sound familiar?
We could all use more time!
As parents we all wish we had more time to spend truly engaged with our kids, but unfortunately it doesn’t always work out that way. Life takes hold and sometimes it takes all of our energy just to get through the day.
In Shonda Moralis’ book entitled “Breathe Mama Breathe”, she introduces what she calls the “5 minute mindfulness for busy moms.” Don’t let the term mindfulness turn you away. It is basically a way to be engaged with your kids. Becoming aware of what you are thinking and feeling during daily routines and stressful situations.
5 Minute breaks for kids and parents.
Moralis covers not only why it is important to use these 5 – minute breaks for your kids but also how it benefits you as a parent and as an individual. She shares personal experiences from her own family as well as general themes she has found in her mindfulness profession. “Breathe Mama Breathe” is a very easy read and is filled with lots of helpful suggestions for families with young children and those with teenagers. It gives a whole new perspective on parenting.
So next time you find yourself just going through the motions of your daily routines or you feel like you are going to snap because of a stressful or frustrating situation with your teenager, just remember to breathe.
Remember to Breathe!!
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