Our children are precious. They come into the world through us and are here to live their unique life purpose. Often this truth is blurred by the day-to-day struggles, stressors, and schedules.
Inspired parenting involves functioning in this world as a parent while being mindful of the spiritual nature of yourself and your children. I have to remind myself of our true essence often in order to help me get re-centered and continue even when I want to “throw my hands up”.
As an inspired parent you:
- Remind yourself that your children are spiritual beings walking in human bodies (and so are you!).
- Use your intuition to help guide your parenting practices and make decisions around parenting/life.
- Know that you can only do your best AND be kind to yourself if you make a “mistake” (this is the same for your children).
- Use praise and positive reinforcement with your children.
- Don’t engage in power struggles!
- Use parenting techniques such as limit setting, consequences, behavior charts, routines, etc. based on the intuitive guidance you receive by tuning into your child’s needs (and your own!).
As an inspired parent I know that I have to watch my own expectations for my children and not impose my hopes on them– remembering that they have their own unique path in this world. I come back to the truth that I can love my children unconditionally always, but that guiding and protecting them decreases incrementally the older they get and the more independence they gain. It is important to be gentle toward myself and them.
Our children need us to guide, not suffocate, them. They want us to be present and engaged when they need us. By being attuned to our children at all ages, our approach toward them will change to meet their developmental level and needs.
I believe it is the highest honor to be a parent and to be entrusted to bring them up in this world. Together we can contribute to making this planet a better place…beginning in our own homes…one child at a time!
Inspired Thought (please respond via comment): In what ways do you practice inspired parenting? If you are not a parent, can these principles be used for your inner child and/or other children in your life?