17 Ways mindfulness helps your family flourish
So, you have signed up for the mindful parenting lifestyle.
And now you are finding it hard to remain committed. After all, who will find it easy to remain watchful of their thoughts and emotions every moment of the day?
You give yourself some breaks and relaxation retreats. But that’s just too little for your recovery from burn out you suffered because of constant vigilance of mindful lifestyle.
You don’t need breaks. You want some reminders of the reasons you opted for this way of life.
Let’s get a recap of why you signed up this lifestyle:
#1 Mindfulness Makes You Calm
Yeah, you are now liberated from your internal devils.
#2 Mindfulness Parenting Allows You to Understand Your Kids
You are now capable of attending your kids when they communicate with you. You not only listen to every word they speak but also watch their body language, see their background needs of food or other, and study their emotions.
Your responses to their conversations are now more informed and effective.
#3 Mindfulness Makes You More Aware
Babies don’t come with a manual. But parents choose to learn about impending adventures through books, mentors, and experiences.
The problem, for most parents, doesn’t lie in a lack of information. Rather it lies in the emotional overload that prevents us from upholding the best practices in parenting. Mindfulness allows us to practice the best strategies only because we were thinking rationally rather than emotionally.
#4 Mindfulness Parenting Makes You More Aligned with Your Parenting Goals
Like every parent, you have envisioned success goals about these children. When you are mindful, you keep visiting these goals before making decisions at the moment.
#5 Mindfulness Parenting Helps You in Defining Your Parenting Goals
When you commit to mindful parenting, you understand that the focus of parenting is not you, your desires, and your needs. The focus is on your child and their success.
You keep this understanding as a cornerstone of any decision you take as a parent. Your focus shifts from directing to accepting. And you raise more autonomous and self-sufficient children.
#6 Mindfulness Parenting Shifts Your Parenting Vision from Short- to Long-Term
You understand that it’s not about asserting control in the short term that matters most. In fact, it’s building a connection and trust that lasts longer that’s the goal.
You learn to keep your ego aside and let your children be as comfortable with you as you want to be comfortable with them in the coming decades.
#7 It Shifts Your Parenting Vision from Long- to Short-Term
At the same time, you learn to keep the focus on the present moment. You learn that allowing your child to vent their emotions is not equal to enabling their negative behaviors for their whole lives.
You understand that emotions and behaviors are momentary and do not define your children’s personalities. By choosing to respond at the moment, you will help them remember it as a momentary event rather than owning it as their signature behavior.
#8 Mindful Parenting Helps You in Raising Mindful Children
Only because you model effective mindful lifestyle, your children will copy your behavior and remain present in the present moment.
#9 Mindful Parenting Helps You in Raising Grounded Children
You attend them as they need you and by doing more right things than wrong ones, you give them enough reasons to trust you.
You become their anchor in their lives making them confident kids and, later, confident adults.
#10 Mindful Parenting Helps You in Raising Empathy Level in Your House
Again you do this by leading with example.
#11 Mindful Parenting Helps You in Raising Emotionally Aware Children
When your children learn to live in the present moment, they learn to understand their own and other’s behaviors. By remaining committed to win-win situations (because you modeled this commitment), they choose best responses to these emotions.
#12 Mindfulness Parenting Helps You in Raising Calmness Level at Your Home
By remaining calm, you prevent your stress from flowing out to your children.
And, then again, by remaining calm, you model a healthy manner to deal with stress.
# 13 Mindful Parenting Prevents You from Passing Generational Malfunction to Your Child
By remaining mindful of your beliefs, you prevent yourself from reiterating your parent’s outdated beliefs. You create new emotions and thought patterns that align with the needs of the new era.
#14 Mindful Parenting Empowers You to Be You
Mindfulness is all about identifying and embracing what you are at a core level. This way, your commitment to mindful parenting allows your children to see and feel who you are in reality without seeing a mask most of us wear to fit in with the society.
By doing so, you also allow your kids to be themselves.
#15 Mindfulness Allows You to Accept Your Mistakes
You understand that your mistakes don’t define you. This understanding makes it easier for you to acknowledge your mistakes.
By accepting that you made mistakes, you raise children who are not afraid of making mistakes.
#16 Mindfulness Makes You More Flexible
I have stated above that mindfulness allows you to detect and eliminate wrong, or outdated, beliefs.
This benefit is so empowering that it’s worth a second mention.
Mindfulness allows you to detect hidden problems in your patterns and behaviors; thus, empowering you to handle them for a better life.
#17 Mindfulness Makes You Embrace Respect
Mindfulness allows you to show respect to your physical, mental, and emotional boundaries. You understand that respect begins at home. And your body is your most proximal home, and also most long-lived.
So, you start respecting your body and during the process allow your children to do the same with theirs.
Mindfulness is our natural way of life. We forget that way of life somewhere in our journey towards adulthood. But to succeed in our life at his planet, we have to connect with it again and welcome it into our mindset.
This article points towards a few reminders to remain committed to mindfulness.