It is important for us as parents to be in the moment with out kids and to connect with them without any judgement of the situation. According to Dr. Carla Naumburg, a clinical social worker and author of Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focus on What Really Matters:
” It is not possible to truly see and soothe our children if we aren’t attuned to their internal and external experiences. And if we aren’t aware of our own anxieties and fears, we’re much more likely to react to our own emotions rather than to our children, or to control our kids rather than support them.”
Slowing down is a strategy that parents can do to become more present with their children. By slowing down and paying attention to what is going on with our children in the moment, we are able to make better decisions and think about our next steps. Otherwise, we will not be effective and may become controlling of the situation that our children are currently in.
For more tips, visit https://psychcentral.com/blog/3-tips-for-staying-present-with-your-kids/.
Dr. Naumburg’s Psych Central Blog “Mindful Parenting” – https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-parenting/