Lynette Carroll Bolton from Love LCB has stopped by the Greenwood blog to share tips on how we can bring the art of mindfulness into our parenting.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a term that we hear used all the time in our ever increasingly health and wellness focused society. In fact, it is quite difficult to open a magazine, turn on the TV or read a health and wellness blog without learning about the latest mindfulness technique taking the world by storm.
To me, mindfulness is the art of being in the current moment. It is about being 150% in the here and now, not worrying about what has happened in the past or thinking about what is going to happen in the future. To be mindful is the art of being aware of what is happening both internally and externally. We have to be able to acknowledge our current situation without passing any judgment whatsoever on what is happening.
When putting this into practice as a parent, and in turn fostering mindful parenting, we can create an environment for our kids filled with self compassion, self acceptance and self awareness. And, as with most behaviours viewed by kids, the more we can showcase this skill ourselves the more our little ones will mirror our conduct.
Some of my favourite ways to bring mindfulness into my parenting and at home include:
- Putting my phone down, switching off the TV and unplugging the iPad. It is so easy to waste hours on end with technology. These days I make a conscious effort to get my screen time in when the little ones are out or in bed.
- Establishing a regular family mindfulness practice. This can be as easy as sitting together and undertaking breathing exercises. Even just for a minute or two. Being able to sit still and breath is not only an amazing stress relief for both big and little ones it is an amazingly simply mindfulness technique that you can do together as a family.
- Going for a walk in the garden, lying in the grass and watching the clouds or just sitting and listening to the birds chirping in the backyard. Be intentional and conscious of the environment around you. Feel, touch, listen, see. You’ll be amazed at how many different things you will notice.
Lynette Carroll Bolton is a television and radio presenter, wedding and events planner, wellness entrepreneur, blogger and most importantly mumma to beautiful Siarra and Piper!
Photography by Lynette Carroll Bolton.