WEEK 5 – Come from a place of love.
Love me when I least deserve it, because that is when I need it most.
See the world through your child’s eyes. When they are defiant. When they will not listen. When you’ve tried every gentle parenting technique you know and they still struggle against you. When you’ve heard “No I won’t!” for the hundredth time that day and there’s nothing left in you but desperation and frustration ~ stop, breathe. Know that they are simply trying to communicate something ~ a need.
That need is you.
When R is going through a phase of not listening, of refusing to co-operate, of saying no, it is usually one of two causes – he’s feeling anxious because he can see that I’m feeling stressed about something or he hasn’t had enough one on one time with me. This week I will be working on remembering this instead of reacting with frustration. Instead of snapping and raising my voice, I’ll remember that he needs me to slow down and relax. He needs me to be fully present for him. He needs to see me calm and relaxed in order to feel calm and relaxed himself.
If you are joining us for the first time ~ welcome! At the end of this post you will find the links for week 1 through 4. Each week for the next ten weeks, I’ll be sharing one simple idea that you can implement today to foster a more connected relationship with your child. It is my hope that by the end of the ten weeks we will be more present for our children, and more mindful of the type of parent we want to be. With each idea being so simple, and with only one intention to focus on each week, I know we can do this. Will you join me?
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Here are the links for all 10 weeks of this series.
Week 1 – See them.
Week 2 – Listen.
Week 3 – Say yes.
Week 4 – Begin each day with play.
Week 5 – Come from a place of love.
Week 6 – Believe in them.
Week 7 – Let them be themselves.
Week 8 – Switch off, tune in.
Week 9 – Be a real person. Share yourself.
Week 10 – Be kind to yourself. You are enough.