Parenting Inspiration: Peaceful, Mindful, and Connected

I-am-Abundant-MamaSo sometimes I make these elaborate and creative learning activities for my kids but then I’m in a grouchy mood and I don’t have nearly as much patience as I’d like and I grump and fuss at my kids.  And I realize that, when it comes down to it, my kids are more likely to remember that mommy was moody and grouchy than the super duper fun science or history project.

Sure, I know we all get in bad moods and we can’t be patient with our kids all of the time. But I want to be more patient.  And less fussy at my kids. I want to show them more kindness and love and gratitude. I’ve been working on it and I’m getting better at it. I’m a work in progress and I’ve found some new inspiration.

Lately, I’ve been savoring a new (to me) blog during the quiet moments I have in the morning before my husband and kids wake up. Just me and my mug of coffee and my yellow Lab at my feet, having just had her breakfast. I’m reading Awesomely Awake.

Shawn Leddington Fink and her collaborators write some amazing and inspiring stuff on how to parent more mindfully and peacefully, how to play more with your kids and truly connect, how to not yellhow say yes more often, and this post, which inspired me most of all: setting a daily intention for what kind of day I truly want to have.

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And she has something else. Her Abundant Mama project. I’m signing up for it and I’d love for you to join me. Here’s what it is:

This 5-week e-course is designed to inspire Mamas to create their own daily gratitude practice — a new perspective on their life and family. It will bring new life to old routines. It will strengthen the bonds you have in your relationships. It will provide comfort on those challenging days. It will add a little bling to the ordinary.

Here’s how it works:

You receive one to two weekly emails with inspiration and several writing prompts “to get you thinking and writing about the goodness in your life and really fun, meaningful family activities to get the whole family in on the fun.”

The focus is on becoming aware of and appreciating the abundance in your life right now. I know I will learn and grow with this project as I’ve already received so much from reading the other wonderful ideas on Awesomely Awake.

You can find more information and sign up for Shawn’s Abundant Mama Project here. 

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Disclosure: I’m receiving The Abundant Mama course for free in exchange for writing about it. But you know what? I would’ve gladly paid for it. So go check it out. And consider joining me on this journey. 

I’m Starting The-Super-Busy-Mommy-Relaxation-Club. And You’re Invited.

One of the benefits of homeschooling is that I get to spend all day with my kids. One of the drawbacks of homeschooling is that I get to spend all day with my kids. I love them with every fiber of my being but at the end of the day my fibers just need to relax without someone asking me for a snack or needing help on the potty or having a fit because they can’t locate their light saber.

Sometimes I go out and run an errand after The Husband gets home, just so I can get a few moments of quiet. But some nights I am too tired, I don’t want to go out, I just want to lounge around in my comfy pants and read or do stuff on my computer or watch t.v. But I can’t do these things peacefully because even if I hide upstairs, my kids always find me. The Husband does his best to keep them occupied and respecting Mommy’s “me” time, but they track me like a pack of bloodhounds, no matter where I’m hiding. They’re stealthy, too, slipping past their father like ninjas and stealing quietly up the stairs. Ninja Bloodhounds, that’s what they are.

That’s when I came up with my great idea. Moms need a place to hang out that has the comforts of home but no one needs stuff from them. Picture it. A place you can go, like a restaurant, only better. You can show up in your pajamas and slippers, sit in a comfy chair with your laptop, make yourself a cup of tea or a cocktail. You can chat with the other mommies if you want to be social or go to a private area and talk to no one at all.

Everyone signs a pact when they join the Super Busy Mommy Relaxation Club (SBMRC) and agrees that it is unnecessary to refresh the day’s tired make-up or even run a brush through your hair before coming over. No one cares what you look like here. It’s not about that.

Hungry? Fix yourself a bowl of ice cream without the worry of some small person asking for a bowl also, but “not that kiiiiiiind of ice cream”, they “don’t liiiiiikkkkkeeeee that one ’cause it has nuuuuuuts in it”. No one will grab a spoon and dip it in your bowl, either. It’s all yours and you don’t even have to wash the bowl.

The SBMRC opens at dinnertime and stays open until at least 11 p.m. or whatever time there is no chance of your kids still being awake when you get home. We’ve got you covered, no matter how long you need to be here. Don’t worry, you can still gaze at your sleeping angels when you get home and, feeling refreshed and relaxed, kiss their sweet foreheads and then spend some time with your dear husband, the other person in your life that you never seem to have enough time for, besides yourself.

Did I mention there’s free wi-fi? And chocolate?