“How has my inner world and childhood influenced or impacted the way I raise my children?”
If this is a question you ask yourself or when reading this question, it makes you curious to learn more, then conscious parenting may be right for you.
Being a conscious parent is something that is learned over time. It is learned through the actual experience of being with your child and relating to your child day in and day out.
A conscious parent is aware of everyday moments, that seem ordinary, and uses these moments to create connections with their child. It is about the parent learning, through awareness, to alter their behaviors, responses and reactions to their child. As we become a conscious parent we get in touch with our own inner experience and use what is happening inside of us as a measure of how connected we are to ourselves and then our children.
We want to make a change within ourselves. We do not want our own inner child to be the one having the power struggle/argument, etc. with our child who is standing in front of us.
Conscious parenting is about being the parent your child needs you to be not being the parent you think they need. That is a big distinction. This is a huge shift in parenting when we can fully embrace this idea.
It is a change of perspective. Instead of looking at your child and thinking about what they are doing wrong, we instead ask, “what does my child need from me in this moment to help them in this situation?”
“You must know your own heart before you can know another’s”
~ Janet Philbin