Do you ever feel like you’re having the SAME conversation, argument or breakdown with your teen or tween over and over again?
When we look at the “both/and” of a situation, we allow ourselves to know that life is full of paradoxes. A paradox is a statement or situation that appears to contradict itself.
The phrase “taking up space” has been a big topic of conversation in my coaching practice. In sessions, I often ask clients to consider questions like: "What part of you do you want to be seen today?" or "Is there a part of you that needs to be heard today?" Sometimes, I ask, "How can you let yourself know that you belong anywhere you are?"
The busyness of our daily schedules can make it easy to focus on to-do lists, and consequently, we might end the day feeling like we haven't actually done anything together. Try these 5 simple mindfulness exercises to feel more present, practice gratitude, and connect more intentionally with those you care about most.
Are we expecting our day to go exactly as we planned it in our daydream? Are we holding so tight that we are missing out on opportunities to build relationship with our loved ones?
As young people navigate this impressionable time, it’s important that parents provide both support and boundaries. This is not to suggest micro-management, rather, it’s an invitation to help your teen understand where their own limits are.
Your intention to love yourself and return to the curiosity of a child informs the openness through which you receive and respond to your loved ones– children, partners, family, and friends.
When you say "no," and your teen reacts strongly, consider these 5 Ways to Respond to Your Teenager's Meltdown, which will support them in cooling down and realizing that it all really is okay.
You've heard the refusals. Follow this sequence of questions and prompts to solve the problem together
When we take the time to understand why we are feeling the pull to drop it all and start again, we can cultivate more compassion for ourselves. From that starting point, it is easier to understand why it is so important to create a life in which self-care is thoroughly embedded. Honoring our bodies and their natural processes encourages us to create systems of self-care the work to support your real life rather than wanting to escape it.