Spring is in full bloom and the school year is in its home stretch.
I've been a busy woman here at Balanced Parenting with so many speaking engagements! I love meeting new people and feel so grateful to do my work with such open and warm-hearted parents. Thank you all!
Wishing you love and balance,
Bette Alkazian, LMFT
Parenting tip of the month:
Jon Kabat-Zinn, a well-known teacher of mindfulness defines it as: "paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally."
In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives we are often distracted by the past or the future and forget to enjoy this moment...truly experience it and be truly present in it.
How would your life with your kids be different if you spent just a little bit of time truly present? Even as I'm writing this, my daughter and I are watching a show together and she said to me, "You can't watch and work at the same time." Here I am writing about mindfulness and I'm not even being fully present. Kids are so much better at mindfulness than we are.
So, I invite you to join me in my personal quest to increase mindfulness in my life. I've bought a few books and I'm committing to practicing. Here are a few suggestions:
- Let everything be your teacher - your body, your mind, your joy, your pain.
- Commit to a willingness to learn, grow, be curious and to change your perspectives as you travel your journey.
- Learn to step back from judgment - nothing is good or bad, it just is.
- Prioritize yourself and your mindfulness practice. Take time for stillness each day without guilt or excuses to avoid it.
I got these tips from the book, "Letting Everything Become Your Teacher: 100 Lessons in Mindfulness" by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
The depth of your joy and your relationships will be so much greater. Come grow with me!