Parenting becomes exhausting ,overwhelming and tiring especially when your growing baby enters a toddler phase as toddlers brain is still developing , trying to figure out and explore world on their own thus desperately wanting a good control of things around them and as a parent we are expected to showcase the highest level of patience and compassion to our toddlers but we are all human beings at the end and we do have breakdowns when things go out of control ,without even thinking what impact it is going to leave on your toddlers brain and that's where Mindful parenting comes into picture.
Mindful parenting is all about being mindful about ours behaviour as a parent first . Its all about responding to your toddlers need and being compassionate towards their inappropriate behaviour or tantrums (considering the age ,growth spurt factors )instead of reacting and bombarding them with punishments to teach a lesson .
Key factors for Mindful Parenting ??
🌴 Notice your emotions :Next time when you get angry just because your toddler threw food away ,take a moment to pause and notice your emotions(anger ,frustation ) before reacting towards your toddlers behaviour and identify the underlying trigger factor of your emotions sometimes it can be lack of sleep or tiredness which makes you feel irritated on anything and everything and work towards a solution.
🌴Learn to Pause and Respond :Always remember your toddlers aim was never to irritate you in the first place rather toddlers are just being curious and want a good control of things around so be compassionate towards your toddler and help them to come out of any inappropriate situation by responding to their needs and behaviour calmly rather than reacting towards their behaviour in the form of punishments to teach a lesson .This makes a big difference since you are teaching them this way how stressful situation should be dealt .
I know it is easier having said than done but don't forget Practice can make each one of us close to perfect too ✔.We can look for ways to be mindful about our emotions as a parent by getting involved in cognitive therapies and help our kids to learn to regulate their emotions in stressful situations when they grow up to be an adult . #mindfulparenting