Parenting Mantras to the Rescue!
We start each day fresh. Full of opportunities to do things be the parent and partner we are striving to be. Each morning I wake up (way too early) and remind myself of my parenting and relationship goals. To be present. To be compassionate. To truly "see" my children and my partner. To respond calmly and confidently and without yelling. And to give myself and everyone around me a bit of grace when we inevitably make mistakes (because we are, each and every one of us, human).
And then I hear a squawk through the monitor and the pitter-patter of little feet on hardwood floors and before I know it I'm swept away in the everyday moments of life. And while my resolutions are still there, they get pushed aside or forgotten about temporarily. This is where mantras come in. These are sayings that are meaningful to you, that help return you to a state of mind where your "best self" is available, that help you regulate yourself and get you back on track to your goals. But sometimes I even forget those (I'm human, after all), so I have taken to writing them down and posting them around the house to remind myself and my partner of our goals for our family.
This week I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes or mantras about parenting, relationships, and identity in the form of PDF's that you can download and use in your own home!
The first in this series is one of my favorite quotes from the founder of Positive Discipline, Jane Nelson.
"CONNECT BEFORE YOU CORRECT"
This is such a good reminder to get down on your child's level, enter their world, and meet them with empathy and compassion, before you offer guidance for their behavior. Now, I know we can't do this every time, but if we can make it a goal to do it the majority of the time, I think we will be on the right track.
So, to download today's printable simply click below: