Meghan Nathanson writes a beautiful blog about Mindful Mothering, and her writing about the challenges of parenting and the power of mindfulness inspires me on a regular basis. One of her recent posts, “10 Ways to be Mindful with Your Children Again” really resonated with me. I could see myself in every single one of her signs that you might not be present with your children, and I loved her suggestions for returning to mindfulness. Here is one of my favorites:

Commit to responding to your children instead of reacting. Live in the pause between your children’s actions (“good” or “bad”) and what you say or do afterward. Allow this space to inform your response.There is great wisdom to be found in waiting.”

What are the red flags that let you know you’re not staying present with your children? What brings you back?

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