24 Apr About Parenting and Spirituality
I believe that to cultivate any attribute in my children, I have to be in the process of developing it in myself first. For our example is what they really look up to and learn without any effort. I make use of affirmations in my morning meditations to remind myself of what I want to achieve at any level. These things usually have to do with what I would like to foster in my children in the long-term.
It's possible that at some point we have lost connection with ourselves, particularly with the fast pace of life we lead professionally, along with the daily chores at home. Yet we are still our children's main teachers. The way we are with ourselves shapes them.
Through JOYFUL KIDS we encourage a conscious family path, for children, but fundamentally also for parents and caregivers, as we are the ones who accompany them on their journey.
The goals of our programs are the following:
- To cultivate self-awareness, self-reflection and understanding
- Learn emotional management
- Reduce stress, particularly as a Parent/Caregiver
- Help become more tuned in to active listening to our children and family members.
- Strengthen our parenting skills
- Expand and deepen our spiritual journey (this does not have to do with religion)
- Provide resources to help our children develop a self-conscious life so that they can make responsible choices following their purpose in life.
Another important aspect for me is being part of a community of parents and caregivers. Much of the learning happens by observing the behavior of others around us. It was hard for me to understand, but today I believe that motherhood is a skill that is learned along the way. Finding a community of responsible, well-meaning, self-reflective families with similar values where we live is very helpful.
All in all, our own development as parents eventually facilitates and nurtures the personal and spiritual flowering in our children. This is a path and a way of life, where there is room for trial and error, moments of calm and moments of chaos, but I am clear about where I am going, I have the ability to look inward, to forgive myself, to love myself and to move forward more clearly each day.