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 helps me find peace with my imperfect journey--being with myself as I truly am, loving my family as they are, and showing up for a messy world with openness and compassion.