Parents Need Compassion For Themselves, Too
Use mindfulness to catch moments of self-judgmentParenting should never be advertised as easy. From the minute your son was born, you've been full of self-doubt at times, casting judgment on your every little flaw and mistake. Mindfulness is a practice of noticing and awareness. If you can notice your moments of self-judgment, you can start to become aware of what inspires those moments and what triggers your insecurity. After you become familiar with the patterns, follow those moments with a positive affirmation, reminding yourself that feelings are okay, you're not a terrible parent, and that you deserve the same compassion any other parent deserves.
Be the parent you think you are supposed to be, to yourselfWe all have a place in our heart which craves the presence of that perfect parent. The perfect parent is the one who is relentlessly joyful, gives unconditional love, knows just what to say, always offers a loving embrace, and cheers us on no matter the outlook. We can't always be the perfect parent to our sons and but we can be the perfect parent to ourselves from time to time. Give yourself the loving, forgiving, warmth you need in moments when you are getting yourself down.
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