Parenting is a challenge no matter what your child's superpower is. Finding the joy in parenting is much easier than you think. 

When I first became a mom I thought that parenting was just like on TV, boy was I in for a big surprise. You see when I found out that my daughter had a mind all her own and our issues couldn't be solved with a quick antidote I was floored. My mom had made this parenting thing look easy too, her cool demeanor was nothing short of Zen like, I wondered what was I doing wrong, and it all boiled down to mindset.

The largest block that most parents face is the discovery and acceptance that their child has a mind of their own and they do use it regularly. Allowing your child to think for themselves and make their own decisions in no way diminishes your role as a parent.

Here are my top 3 techniques that I use to be a conscious momma and to create some joy in my parenting:

  1. Hour of Power: I get up an hour before my kids do at least 4 mornings out of the week, so that I can work out, meditate, journal and look over my schedule. Grounding me first helps me to handle the multitude of personalities that I deal with throughout the day.
  2. Minimize the Negative: I say the words, "stop", "no", "don't" and "can't" as little as possible and only in extreme situations. I have found that telling my children what they can do and what options they do have versus the regular, "no", "stop" "don't" reduces stress and anxiety for all involved.
  3. Quality Time: Spending scheduled (and some unscheduled time with my children, no cell phone, no work, and no computer, to just talk or play a game or watch T.V. lets children know that they are important. My toddler acts out less now that he knows that mommy time is daily and we get to do whatever he wants *which is to normally watch Batman*. Sometimes I do QT with each child separately and sometimes we're all one big happy family.

Be gentle with yourself as you employ these techniques especially if you have been living on the edge for a while. Also, be gentle with your children, these changes; although positive will still take them time to get used to also

This is going to be a journey that is going to be a lot of work but worth it. Knowing that there is hope for peace and harmony in your home makes parenting a much more joyous experience. 

So take your time and enjoy the ride. 

Peace Love & Recovery,

Charmaine

Charmaine Johnson-Fuller is a heart centered life coach & doTERRA Wellness Advocate specializing in working with mothers to guide them to create the life they deserve and desire. She works primarily with assisting the mothers of children with different abilities, by helping them to create their life beyond the diagnosis of their child.

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