Family and Relationship

Mindful Parenting!

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It’s tough out there today for our younger, newer parents! Have you noticed how quickly hospitals are pushing patients out the door and back into their homes to recover? This brevity of medical services, especially for young parents trying to figure out what to do with their new baby, is a tough way to start, isn’t it?

Once our young parents get back home into the neighborhoods they come from, they find out that the old neighborhood isn’t the old neighborhood that we remember. You see, the old neighborhoods used to be close-knit communities where parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors were around to help new parents. We all know that with today’s modern pressures, almost no one is around to help anymore. The old close-knit community isn’t the old close-knit community. It just isn’t there anymore. That old support structure we used to have no longer exists for many young parents. And that’s sad.

During these challenging times for new parents, this is where mindful parenting comes in. Now, some think of mindfulness as some form of positive thinking. In contrast, others call it meta-cognition, which is thinking about our thinking. Some even say it helps to ‘train the brain.’ You see, our brains are always running ahead of us and the real world, and it’s almost always causing havoc in or lives. Ironically, most of this anxiety is usually unnecessary and not real when the dust finally settles.

The beautiful thing about parents using mindfulness is that there are no bad side effects. This mental process is like taking a wonder drug to help gain this state of mind. However, there are no pills, elixirs, or side-effects involved in this wonder drug of mindful parenting. Furthermore, mindful thinking and mindful parenting build our inner strength and resilience when we think about our thinking. This is good because we no longer have to act in a reactionary manner.

Now, as my Granddaddy always said, “Go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us.” We really can be mindful parents who practice mindful parenting. And once again parents, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…

Father of five, bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, educator, and TV Host Dan Blanchard wants parents to experience more joy through mindful parenting. For more great tips from Dan, please visit his website: Thanks.

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