Take Two (Minutes)

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When compared to a day, a week or a lifetime, two minutes is really no big deal.

But taking two minutes right now (after you read this post), can have a huge impact on the rest of your day.

What do I want you to do for the next two minutes?  How about a two-minute meditation.  It’s easy.  It’s quick.  And, you guessed it, it’s only two minutes.  Plus you can do this with your kids!

breatheTake two minutes out of your very busy day (social media) and sit quietly while focusing on your breathing.  The deep inhale and the deep exhale.  Keep your focus there for just two minutes.  Your mind is going to wander.  I call this ‘Monkeys On The Bed’ syndrome.  But just as quickly as your mind wanders, bring your attention back to your breathing.  Inhale.  Exhale.  Gently but deeply.  Inhale.  Exhale.

No need to have a fancy mantra from the dynamic duo of Oprah / Chopra.  No meditation mat required.  No chimes to ring or candles to burn.  Just direct your focus to your breathing.  Let the monkeys jump, push them away and come back to the breathing.  Ahhhh.  That’s nice.  I know.

This little exercise will bring you peace at this very moment.  Calmness will reside where deadlines and commitments once stood.  Do you feel that?  It’s called a smile.  : )

Who knows.  From here, you just might accomplish great things in less time with less stress.  Folks around you might start looking at you saying “Hmmmmm”.  Or is it “Ohmmmm”?  Either way, you will feel the shift and the benefit.

Take two minutes. If you don’t have two minutes to spare, you might want to loosen up your schedule (caped crusader).

By, Joanne Henig, Co-Founder
Joy Kids Universe, LLC
The Law of Attraction for Kids
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Patient Parenting

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I’ve never pretended to be the most patient in relation to parenting – but it was always one of my goals.  As a result, once dedicated to patience I slowly morphed into a fairly patient parent and raised some pretty amazing kids who are now productive adults.  Every parent loses their patience.  It is unavoidable and it is part of our humanness.  Our children are not perfect and neither are we as parents.

I believe that patience can be developed over time just like any other habit.  Good habits require your attention to ultimately see them manifest into your reality.  What better a habit could there be than to become a patient parent?

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Here are some techniques that may guide your parenting skills towards patience:

Count to ten.  This is an easy one.  When you feel frustrated or angry, pause. Count slowly, in your head, to ten.  When you’ve reach the number ten you will notice that you have given yourself room to pause, reassess a situation and your anger will have subsided a great deal.  If things are really out of control, add deep breathing while counting to ten in your head.  Breathe away every ounce of anger until it has left the room.

Here’s another one.  Try keeping a notepad nearby and write down any situations that are causing you to parent in a non-patient manner.  Notice if you see a pattern of behavior from either you or your child that is creating impulsive, angry responses.  This will assist you in developing ways to avoid bad reaction behavior patterns or situations that cause bad behavior in the first place.

How about a time out for the child.  A break for you.  You all may just need to take a break from the situation for a few minutes.  Everybody just calm down.  As a parent, during this break, plan your words, actions and decisions.  Reconnect with your child and calmly talk through the situation.  Finish with a hug.

Never stop teaching with love and compassion in your heart.  Our children mimic us.  Therefore, if you are aggressive in your parenting approach your child will reflect that pattern of behavior right back at you.  Remember, non of us learn things on our first try.  Find new ways to teach with love and compassion and patience.

Laugh.  Smile.  Let go.  Nobody is perfect, you have to enjoy this time with our kids.  Life should be fun – and funny.  Be happy.

Do you have some tips of your own on developing patience? Let us know in the comments.

Joy Kids Universe, LLC
The Energy of Attraction for Children
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