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Saturday, June 10, 2006

what is conscious parenting?

Being a conscious parent means many things, and will mean different things to different families. Being conscious means being aware of what you’re doing and what is going on around you, in your surroundings. Conscious parenting is a deliberate art. It’s a peaceful, holistic balance that encompasses the physical, emotional and spiritual health and well being of both your child and yourself. In a single day, what your child eats, what he watches on TV, the tone of voice he hears you speak with, are just a few examples of what he is absorbing and what is molding his character.

In a nutshell, conscious parenting means not allowing yourself to parent on auto pilot. Taking time when you have no time. Being patient when you’ve run out of patience. Providing healthy nutrition for your child. There are countless daily circumstances that arise which require a parenting decision on your part, be it large or small. When you’re parenting consciously, you realize that the little things mean just as much as the big things. And with time, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that you no longer run out of time or patience for your children, and your healthy eating habits provide well being for everyone in your family.

It’s a matter of finding and maintaining the balance of life that each child requires. It’s giving your child security, a safe home base, and at the same time, the freedom to explore his world and be his whole self. It takes courage and strength to allow and support your child to be who he is without imposing upon him who you think he is supposed to be or should be. Conscious parenting requires you to trust your child on many levels that may seem uncomfortable at first, but will change your lives in remarkable ways.

The best hard work you will ever do.

Conscious parenting certainly comes naturally for some, but for most it can be hard work. It may take some getting used to. Fortunately, like anything else, when you practice enough, it will become habit. It becomes a part of not only what you do, but who you are. And there is no greater joy than being in harmony with your family.

You have undoubtedly worked very hard in your life to reach various goals. How many of these things would you place as a higher priority than raising a healthy and happy child? You have within you the capacity to work for whatever you want. To be a conscious parent, you simply have to decide that it is a priority and make the commitment to pursue a more enlightened relationship with your child.

A responsibility and a privilege.

There is no way to measure how many people your parenting choices will ultimately affect. Being a parent is the most powerful responsibility. You have a life in your hands and the way you choose to parent affects not only future generations, but also all the people who will ever interact with your child throughout his life. When you realize the magnitude of this responsibility, this privilege that is yours, you can learn to parent consciously and fully enjoy your relationship with your child.

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