My Journey into Mindful Parenting

Before I became a parent, I thought I had life figured out.  You set a goal (for school, work, or whatever), and if you stay focused and work hard, you will achieve it.  This approach to my professional and academic pursuits got me through my bachelor’s degree, as well as my master’s and doctorate in clinical social work.  My type-A, slightly (or perhaps more-than-slightly) anal-retentive style helped me stay organized and successful in challenging jobs on an inpatient psychiatric unit and in college counseling.  I was working with individuals and families dealing with a range of mental health issues and frequent crises, but with the help of my on-line schedule and trusty to-do list, I got it all done.  Like I said, I thought I had it all figured out.

From the moment I discovered I was pregnant, I approached parenting like every other job I have had.  Whenever questions arose about birth plans or breast-feeding, sleep-training or pacifiers, I immediately researched all of my options, turning to friends, family, websites, and parenting books for advice.  I was sure that I could overcome the challenges of parenting if I just worked hard enough.

Welcome to Mindful Parenting

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