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Create Your Child’s Best Day Ever… And Ever

A guided meditation

Illustration Credit: Picking Flowers with Mom by Ryan Connors

Begin when your child next desires interaction.Notice that your child is asking for your attention and bring your attention, gently, to focus completely on your child.Allow all distracting thoughts to drift away.Consciously put aside any thoughts of activities that you have to do or things that you need to achieve.Bring your full awareness into these precious moments with your child. Bring your full awareness into the here and now, into your physical body as you interact with your child.Follow your child’s lead. If your child wishes to play, then let your child lead the play. If your child wishes to talk, then let your child lead the conversation.As you interact, drink in every detail.Savor the interaction.Notice your child as if you were meeting him or her for the very first time: notice the shape of your child’s face, your child’s expressions, mannerisms, and speech. Children change at every moment. Take this opportunity to know your child, fully, as he or she is at this stage of life.Listen to your child without judgment. Let go of any agenda of shaping your child in any particular way (even for the …

Koa Whittingham, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and the author of a new book for mothers called Becoming Mum.

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