As parents we can get so caught up in the rat race of “doing” that we forget the “being”. “What do you expect?” I hear you cry!, exhausted, sleep deprived, under stimulated and overwhelmed?? When we are fully present in the moment, conscious of our breathing, watching our children absorbed in their activity, offering completely unconditional attention for a few moments, cuddling on the sofa, reading a book and you are enjoying it as much as your child, and enjoying their enjoyment of the story, or the activity, that is when we know we are ALIVE AND LIVING!
When our child runs up to us when we arrive at the school gate and leaps into your arms and says “I love you Mom”, that is when you know something good is going on in your child’s day – when we engage with our children on daily basis, we ask questions, and wait with interest and attention for their response, we shift our relationships into loving moments, which are transformative for them and us. We are connecting from our hearts.
Leadership is all about relationship and relationship is about how we connect with others. We hear about the importance of collaborative leadership in the workplace. But have you ever thought about yourself as a leader in your parenting role? We are our children’s first role models. How we behave, talk to each other, respect each other, listen to each other are all key leadership skills which we are embedding in our children’s hearts and minds from the earliest of days. And these learnings will be what they put into practice as they grow up.
So start, living appreciate the moment.
Start loving, give unconditional love in big doses to your children while they are small and never stop!
Be aware how you are leading your family through your daily actions, decisions and reflections