- Find time for yourself to be in stillness at least once a day, even if only for a few minutes…
- See everyday activities as opportunities to practice mindfulness – i.e. such as showering, getting children dressed, eating, bathing kids.
- Be intentional with your use of technology.
- Schedule time to just be with your children with no agenda in mind.
- Practice seeing the world through your child’s eyes and step into their experience.
- See everyday moments with your child/ren as opportunities to connect, instead of waiting for the perfect moment. (e.g. walking to school, the going-to-bed routine, teeth brushing – instead of waiting for weekends, summer vacations, etc.).
- Get to know yourself well… really, really well. Learn to become an observer of thoughts, emotions and body sensations and the messages they may be offering you.
- On occasion, invite a reflection on your values for parenting – what kind of parent do you aspire to be? What do you need to be able to live those values?
- Check in with your body throughout the day for holding any stress, tension – our children are soaking up our emotional states.
- Spend a few moments everyday reflecting on a pleasant moment you had with your child/ren and/or something you appreciate about them.
- Learn to recognize the voices of social comparison and allow them to float away like clouds in the sky on a breezy day.
- Invite compassion to be the default when you’re just not sure what to do.
- Remember to breathe… lots…
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so glad you found these tips helpful and all the best at your agency. Sounds like you are doing great work!
This has been very helpful. I am a CYW that works in a day treatment program. Our agency has taken on the DBT module, which includes mindfulness. I am trying to learn how to be mindful and then teach it to our clients.