The Skill Of Mindfulness For Moms:
Knowing There Need To Be Adjustments In Their Parenting Reality Series - Part One

by Kaneesha

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Mindfulness is about being in the present moment. So are you in the present moment? 

For the next four weeks, you will learn about being mindful, so that you can become aware of your current reality and what you want to adjust. Being mindful can include yourself, your thoughts, how you interact with people, especially your children, and learn how to become the hero of your own story again, rebuilding your confidence.

The end goal of this challenge is to bring awareness in your life of what you have been doing such an awesome job in, parenting. Moms, we do not give ourselves enough credit and I hope this challenge can open your awareness into knowing you are doing amazing. So let’s get started. 

Part One: Bringing awareness of your surroundings

 We do not know there is a problem until we take a step back and evaluate our life. Taking a step back is taking a pause on what is going on in your life. We live in a fast pace society that we forget to pause what we are doing, how we interact with ourselves and people. Taking a step back can bring insight into what does and does not work for us and our children anymore. Today’s topic will be about awareness of how you are interacting with your children. 

Parents can read many books about ‘how to parent their children. Some may not read a book at all and wing it. While others want to break the cycle but have difficulty knowing how to. When we watch tv shows and movies about how a parent is to their children, such as the favorite child, the athletic, academics, perfect child, we may feel a certain way about how the parent is treating their children. Do you ask yourself the same thing? How are you treating your children? 

So, what the heck is this ‘awareness’?

Well, it means knowledge or perception of a situation or fact, being conscious, recognizing a situation. This is important because when you take a step back and reassess a situation, you begin to understand yourself better. If you have watched the “Hey Arnold” TV show, you saw how Helga’s mother, Miriam, drinks a lot. Now as a kid, we did not understand it, we thought she was probably thirsty a lot and it was grape juice or something. 

As an adult, we realize when we are watching the show again, that Helga’s mom, Miriam, was an alcoholic, who was suppressing the things that were going on in her life. As a kid, we sometimes do not understand the adults in our lives until we become an adult ourselves and take a step back and become aware and recognize the situation. This is important for you to become aware of your surroundings so that you can begin to reassess what is not working out for you and your kids anymore. 

Check-list time! (I personally love a good check-list)

I listed a few questions for you to check to see where you are in the last month. If you want the questions, you can click here to get the download. 

Look at the checklist and see which ones you have checked off. This is not a way to judge you by any means, this is a way of bringing awareness to your current situation. Being aware of a situation can bring open-mindedness to yourself and how you are changing the patterns in your family cycle. 

Let me know on Instagram’s latest post which ones you have checked off and if the checklist has brought you a sense of awareness in your life currently. This can help moms understand one another in their journey. 

So this week we talked about awareness and how being aware of your current situation can bring forth comfort to you and your children in the long run.

Next week’s topic will be a little activity for you, moms, to give yourself permission to do something. Check back next week to find out. 

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