If you read yesterday's post, When You Look at Your Child, What Do You See? and found a focus on what they should or could be rather than what they ARE, it's time to lighten up. I know, there are things that need our parental attention, that we need to help our kids with. But our most important role (and I know, I'm like a broken record on this) is to see their true selves.
This means looking, intentionally, purposefully, for their fire, their love, their joy, their mastery, their smile or concentration or sensitivity. It means seeing the being behind the child or adolescent body/emotions/thoughts.
Today, will you spend some time looking at your child this way? What do you see? Make a list of 5 expressions of their inner beauty.
I'm a mom, wife, daughter, friend, and teacher who has long struggled with the desire to be the perfect person I imagine that I should be. Practicing mindfulness has changed my life, helping me to make peace with myself as I truly am and to appreciate my family, life, and the world as they actually are.