A colleague recommended this video to me about Conscious Parenting based on the book, The Conscious Parent by Dr. Shefali Tsabary. She quotes staggering statistics:
· 1 in 10 children over age 8 are unhappy
· 1 in 5 have a mental health concern
And she notes that with kids, the relationship between a parent and a child is key to helping them be healthy and happy. You get this relationship through the small moments of care and nurturing that happen on a daily basis.
However, like I said, parenting is tough. Kids are the biggest trigger of your own insecurities and vulnerabilities. As much as you want to love them, sometimes your own emotions take over. One way to approach this parenting gig, is to see it as a journey of self-evolution, one where you take those triggers and turn them into learning opportunities – about yourself. Taking an honest look at yourself through mindfulness and conscious awareness can help you and your children live happier, healthier lives.
Dr. Voigt is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in family therapy, behavior problems with children, and psychological evaluation for children under 12.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama XIV