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The Morning Sip: Stay Awake While
practice of mindful parenting is about "waking up" to the presence
of your child in your life. The practice does not proscribe
or dictate conduct. Still, certain habits and behaviors,
due to their nature, challenge us to "awaken." An
example is the television.
I am engrossed in waves
of color and sound
Coming out of a little box
the waves of color and sound in front of me
it you find yourself watching television, try to be mindful of the
fact that you are watching television. If your child is vying
for your attention, open awareness to this fact. If you are
intermittently doling out your attention as you flip through the channels
or focus on a show, simply be aware of what you are doing. Allow
your child’s words and actions to serve as a reminder to wake up. Breathe deeply and slowly. Open awareness to what you are seeing
with your miraculous eyes.
If your child becomes irritated because
you are not giving him or her sought after attention, be direct and
politely make clear that you are very interested in what they
have to say but are choosing to devote your attention at the moment
to the television.
You may find that by opening to the moment,
you choose to turn off the television and be more fully present with
your child. But even if you choose to watch television, you
are doing so more fully present and alive in the moment. You
can feel the difference.