Start of the School Year
Summer’s Over and the Kids are Back to School
Congrats parents! You made it to the first day of school. Now you can relax…
On second thought, while you are now off full-time parenting duty, it’s likely that your busy, chaotic weekdays are back in full swing. We forget over the summer that having kids in school equates to hectic mornings, homework to check, extracurricular activities to attend, and all the same regular errands to run. No matter how well you balance life’s challenges, life gets stressful, and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed.
As a parent, the list of ‘to dos’ feels never-ending and always being updated by so many priorities. Rushing from first thing in the morning until we with luck falling asleep in our bed instead of the cozy warm pile of laundry.
Stress effects our bodies causing the rational part of our brains take a back seat. We start relying on bad habits like yelling, threatening, and issuing ultimatums. The longer we are stressed it can lead to being short-fused, irritable, impulsive, and actually changing the structure of our brains.
Ignoring stress allows the effects to compound until it finally spills over into our lives impacting:
Q. How to address this parenting rut?
A. Mindful Parenting
Mindful parenting is about being aware, acting with intention, and accepting the reality of any given moment. It means being in control of our emotions and how we respond to our children. The magic of this approach is that it validates that none of us are ‘perfect’ or immune to getting angry or frustrated. We simply choose to do the best we can, at any given time. Mindful parenting empowers us to stay calm, see challenges as opportunities, and have fun with our kids. Best of all, it fosters deeper connections, leading to happier, healthier families!
Sounds amazing, right?
Join me the first 3 Saturdays in October for a Mindful Parenting
- Location: Cuyahoga Falls Office
- Dates: October 6th, 13th, and 20th
- Time: 10am – 12pm
- Cost: $150 for the 3 sessions
This 3-week workshop is designed to introduce and discuss the following:
- Mindfulness and mindful parenting practices
- Ways to foster, grow, and sustain resilience in children
- How to connect, create joy and have fun with your children
Click Here to Register for this workshop, space is limited.
Check out these excellent articles for more information!
- School Mornings Without the Stress – childmind.org
- 5 Surprising Ways That Stress Affect Your Brain – verywellmind.com
- The 5 Main Tenets of Mindful Parenting – huffingtonpost.com
- Mindful Parenting: How to Respond Instead of React – gottman.com
By: Rachael Muster M.Ed., LPCC-S