A Parents Practical Guidelines for a Mindfulness Practice
Setup Your practice in Plain Sight. If using a meditation cushion, place it in a place in your home where it will be noticed everyday. For example your bedroom floor, as you pass by let it invite you to practice meditation daily. Just five minutes a day could turn your life around.
Live by Routine. Develop a routine for bedtimes, plan meals ahead. A predictable flow of a healthy and secure life will help everyone relax.
Turn Off Distractions. Control TV and computer usage, it will reduce distraction and stimulation. It begins with you the parent.
More Attention. Devote at least one hour a day to giving your undivided attention to your children. Not with your agenda in mind but according to their terms. This is the ultimate expression of love you can give.
Take a Break before you do. Find quiet time for your self. Maybe a walk around the block or a spot in the garden.
Restore Household Harmony. Be the first to apologize. Your children learn from your actions.
Watch Their Lives Unfold. Refrain from making judgments and coming to rash conclusions about your children. Watch their lives unfold, let them surprise you. You have the best seat in the house.