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Mindfulness

Mindful Parenting: Finding a New Definition of Productivity


This weekend my family and I went away on a retreat to the mountains with a number of other families with young children. We had all been encouraged to leave our cell phones off, and I was happy to comply. It was easy to do because I wasn’t worried about getting things done or making plans for the weekend; my “job” while we were there was to hang out with my family and friends and...
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Children

Mindful Parenting: Looking Beyond the Behaviors


“Fine. If you’re going to pee your pants again, then you can’t sit on the couch anymore tonight.”

I said those words to my four year-old daughter last night. She’s been potty trained for over a year now, but it’s been a bumpy road. Things had been going really well for a few months, and then the accidents started again just over a week ago. I’d been doing my best to stay patient, but it all...
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Mindfulness

Mindful Parenting: It’s Not About the Words We Use


Last week I wrote a post for about how much I didn't want my daughters to take ballet. Even though I didn't use the word "mindfulness," the post was essentially about mindful (and mindless!) parenting. My initial reaction to the ballet issue was based almost entirely on my angst about my own terrible experience with ballet in my childhood and my worries about the future and what ballet might mean for my...
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Mindfulness

Mindful Parenting: A Practice I Will Never Perfect


At least once a week one of my friends or family members jokingly accuses me of mindless parenting. Chances are, they're right. I first became interested in mindfulness and mindful parenting because I was unhappy with how often I was reacting to my daughters out of frustration, anger, or boredom. They'd whine or dawdle or throw tantrums or do something that is completely normal for a preschooler or toddler to do, and more often than...
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