Over the past 17 years, I have traveled the globe, trained under masters, learned about yoga and mindfulness, and asked God more than once for direction on what to do next. How could I be more mindful and focused while at the same time working and starting and raising a family? I don’t have all the answers, and certainly not answers that will work for everyone, but what I have learned along the journey to mommy mindfulness is what I will share with you on this blog. One day at a time, one idea at a time, one effort at a time.
The good news is, what I learned worked! It worked for me, my husband, my kids and many of my therapy students. Mindfulness is closer that you might think.
Do you remember the amazing connection you dreamed of having with your kids, or once knew but have forgotten?
Would you like to know how to buy and cook healthy food for your kids, and have your kids actually eat them?
Would you like to be more mindful about your family, work and life in general, and have your kids pay attention more?
Do you want to see your kids having fun playing, instead of being connected to a device so much of the time?
Take this quick quiz to see if you are in need of more mindfulness in your daily life:
- Do you wonder if you are really managing life in a way that your family can thrive?
- Do you ever feel like you and your kids are over scheduled?
- Do you feel like there are times when your kids are under nourished.
- Do you feel like your kids are given far to little free time?
- Do you feel like your kids are loaded down with expectations?
- Are you or your kids just plain tired?
- Do you see your kids having problems emotionally and socially in this fast paced world?
- Do you have the time to research what is best for your family’s current daily needs?
- Ever wonder if your kids are eating what they need to grow strong and healthy?
From my own life experience, 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week, working in pediatric occupational therapy for 15 years, then as a mom 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, helping my family grow, I failed this quiz.
If you failed it too, keep breathing.
I myself have read the research, undertaken my own research studies, and created best practices for how to care for children. I have also stayed up late cooking nutritious meals, wondered how to give my own child the best sensory play experiences, and nearly lost myself on all the great ideas I found in family blogs on the internet! Mindfulness was the ever-present and constant challenge. The bond between my husband and children that I was reengaging with was my constant motivation.
I hope you join me on this ever-unfolding journey of love.