the skill of mindfulness for moms:
knowing there need to be adjustments in their parenting series part three

by Kaneesha

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In this parenting series, we talk about increasing your confidence in your life choices, self talk with yourself and your children, and bringing awareness to your current situation where you can stop generational trauma so that you can begin living the life you envision for your children and of course yourself

If you have not read Part One and Two, I suggest starting there to get a better idea of this week’s topic. Last week, I gave you a hint about this week’s topic. And the topic is mindfulness. So mindfulness is about living in the present moment, living in the now. 

Mindfulness is a broad topic. It can be about anything really. 

Mindfulness can be: 

  • Eating
  • Working
  • Walking
  • Looking
  • Being present in your body

Really anything. What I am going to focus on is mindfulness in your thoughts. Thoughts can be powerful and dangerous at the same time. 

So why does mindfulness of your thoughts matter?

The definition of Thoughts is about an idea, opinion, and belief about whatever topic. This week, it will be about thoughts about yourself. 

Well, how do you talk about yourself? When you ask yourself how you feel about yourself, it can rub off on your kids a bit. 

Ask yourself this question and be honest with yourself, how do you talk to and about yourself?  Serious question.

  • Are you cheering for yourself to be the best you can be? 
  • Are you giving yourself a high five? (I do it here and there to pump myself up) 
  • How are you truly with your thoughts about yourself? 
  • Do you say I could have done better? 

I think we can do better but it is good to look at what we did do and to appreciate what we did without adding the ‘however’ or ‘but’ to it. 

Give it a try!

Let’s say your kid has to be at a sports practice and you are ten minutes late. Yes, you are ten minutes late. You are there to stay to watch your kid play whatever sport. You being there means something to your children. So as a mother, try to look at what you DID do in order to accomplish whatever. There is no such thing as a perfect life, that is boring, to be honest. 

My challenge for you is to write or use a recorder to reflect on the past month. What are things you are proud of that you have accomplished? Without the ‘buts’ and ‘howevers’. Those do not matter. It is about focusing on what you did. 

It isn’t as hard as you think.

It can be having a conversation with your five-year-old about the solar system. It could be getting to sleep before 11 pm without being on your phone. Maybe balancing your finances. Putting away the dishes before the next day. Not eating out for the whole day. It can be anything that you feel is an accomplishment. Does not matter how small or big it is, an accomplishment is an accomplishment

I hope this week’s challenge has turned on an awesome light bulb for you because next week we are going to dig a little bit deeper into what you want. Yes, what do you envision your life to be like?  No hint this time. I will let you focus on your success today. I will see you in next week’s challenge, part 4. 

If you want to let me know your process during this challenge, send me a DM through Instagram or comment on the latest post. 

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