"Put away the screens."
Often, when I hear my children complain "I'm bored" or "That's boring" - I feel myself getting triggered. I get reactively annoyed, thinking: "How can they be so spoiled? All the toys and activities I arrange, all the abundance in their lives - and still it's not enough?!"
Relax, I'm not going to tell you to savor every parenting moment. In fact, I'd say if you're savoring 25 to 30 percent of the moments, you're nearing Zen monk status. What I do have for you, though, are the following six sure-fire ways to boost your conscious parenting chops.
We don't need to model getting everything right. That would be too neurotic. It's OK to mess up. We just need to model taking responsibility, apologizing for our mistakes and forgiving ourselves.
Subjecting a child to a life of highly structured and fast-paced activity in order to prepare him/her for the world is a well-meaning falsehood and a more than serious mistake.
We wouldn't expect our child to heal from an illness by going about their daily lives, yet we are hesitant to make changes in the home that can benefit our overwhelmed kids. Why?