Updated: Jul 25, 2019
For those of us in the USA - Happy Independence Day!
If you were traveling I hope you had a spectacular time and you find your way home safe.
If you have a young child (or if you remember your childhood vividly) independence can be a touchy subject.
If this word triggers you in this context, then I have good news!
If you are a new parent, or will be one soon, it is crucial that you address your own childhood triggers around independence, so that you don’t unintentionally pass them on to your child.
There are simple mind-body techniques that can connect the dots between those experiences and your life today and release you from the hold they can have.
If you want to talk about that there is no time like the present!
In addition, there are just a few simple principles to keep in mind that will give your baby a healthy relationship with independence:
- Let them do absolutely all that they can do themselves at every stage (yup, even the newborns);
- Don’t expect them to do things they are not ready to do, emotionally or physically;
- If you catch yourself over-expecting (those moments are absolutely normal) give yourself a pause to reset your expectations and adjust your behavior. Do not beat yourself up. If you feel you went a bit far, apologize to your child sincerely and move on. Showing self reflection and vulnerability is HUGE for your young child’s emotional development.
- As you approach any situation with your baby/child, give yourself a second to think “what do I want them to learn from this?” and frame your actions and words to that message.
- Celebrate their wins AND their “failures”. If you have a child who’s willing to fail, you have an independent child!
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg, as they say. There is so much more to raising balanced, independent children, especially in the first 2 years of life.
I want to share so much more about this with you!
So, look out for an invite to my new TheMama.Academy™ Beta Group in the coming weeks!
In this group we will explore independence and many more revealing topics.
It is invitation only, so make sure you share the coming invite with all the young parents in your life!
And if you’re a new parent or parent to be - Save yourself a spot right now!
Just hit reply, and let me know you want to join and I will be happy to welcome you!