Primary Task of Parenting
Being committed to conscious and gentle parenting isn’t always easy when you weren’t raised that way. Breaking old and unconscious habits can be difficult. We accept and give the types of love we received when growing up. Becoming aware of our early childhood experiences is a good first step at creating change and growth. It’s never too late to be the parent you never had for yourself and your children.
You’ll struggle with trying to meet your children with the empathy, trust, love, and respect that they deserve if you don’t treat yourself that way. Do the work. Be kind to yourself. Empathize with yourself and validate your experience. Learn to recognize and honor the feelings that you were previously taught to suppress, ignore, and deny. Your kids are watching and how you tend to their feelings now is how they will do it for themselves later. Children have a way of holding a mirror to your shortcomings but you can end the unconscious generational patterns by conscious self parenting.
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