Parenting and the Importance of Self-Compassion

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FullSizeRenderToday I’m hosting online, in a Facebook group for mamas: “Relationships, Intimacy, & Parenting.”

The topic I’ll be exploring with group members is self-compassion, a necessary component of relationships, intimacy, and parenting—particularly when parenting the adopted child.

I invite you to ask to be added to the group if the topic interests you.

I say these ten words throughout my 75-minute yoga classes, “Where you are right now is where you need to be.” My intention is to remind students to be present, to have gratitude for their practice, and, most importantly, to have gratitude for themselves.

Today’s post is about you, about loving yourself and honoring yourself as a person as well as the myriad of roles you fill—that of parent, wife, husband, daughter, son, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, friend, and much more. The practice of self-compassion helps to reset you.

Look for opportunities to soften the judgment you have of yourself. Today is about loving yourself and all of the perfect and imperfect aspects of you. And being okay with all of them. Yes, it’s likely you are a work in progress. Who isn’t?

How you think about yourself, and what you think of yourself changes everything. Why? Because your thoughts reinforce your beliefs and your beliefs become your reality. Your beliefs influence your actions and reactions.

How you feel about yourself also impacts how you parent your child, how you interact and connect with him. What is one way to improve your relationship with your adopted child? Love yourself. Honor yourself. Your child will notice the difference, as will you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Sue LeBreton February 12, 2016 at 6:34 pm

I think loving ourselves and our imperfections and letting our children see this is a wonderful lesson for them.

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Judy February 12, 2016 at 6:38 pm

I agree, Sue!

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