As parents, we often feel rushed from one thing to the next, whether it be work, activities, or family time. It’s tough to juggle all of these tasks but instead of getting pulled into the distractions, we can be more mindful in the decisions we make for our family.
Here are some practical steps you can take to be a more mindful parent and make more time for what matters most - family.
Be present. Look your kids in the eye. Show them that you’re interested in what they’re doing, instead of being distracted. Being present shows that they have your undivided attention and that they are important in that moment.
Do things together. Put down the electronics and turn off the TV! Yes, this goes for the grown-ups too. Read a book together, have a family game night, or cook dinner as a team. Go on a hike, travel to your favorite park, or plan a family vacation together. Time spent doing meaningful things and having experiences together can only bring you closer.
Let go. Try and do things that come naturally for your family. Maybe declare the day “schedule-free” and see what happens. Let them be who they are, let go of control, and have patience.
- Say no. We’re all guilty of over-committing ourselves to activities and functions. These things are often not bad things but sometimes we forget to create time for family connection inside the home. Choose to slow down and be more intentional with your time.
Ultimately, find out what works best for your family and don’t compare yourself to others. You’re doing a great job already and we’re rooting for you. Choose to be present and engage with your little ones even if they want to read that book for the fifth time in a row.