I would say that conscious parenting is a way of being rather than any sort of method or style of parenting.
It’s about being awake and alive to the experience of connecting with yourself and your growing people in the midst of the parenting journey. It’s about seeing it as a journey in the first place with
ebbs and flows,
ups and downs,
twists and turns,
and more bodily fluids then you could have ever imagine.
It’s about allowing all of the experiences
— blissful, challenging, messy, frustrating, overwhelming, freaking out, swelling with pride, bursting with love, too tired to think, wanting to run away, can’t get close enough, wishing you could literally take just one bite of that delicious little being! —
and using them to feel more deeply into yourself.
It’s also about using your thoughts and feelings to discover who YOU are.
And in turn connecting with, seeing and accepting who your growing people really are.
And in doing so, offering them the support and inspiration to unfold into their most authentic, healthy and whole selves.
Finally, conscious parenting is about constantly asking the four big questions:
What do I need?
What does each individual need?
What does our partnership need?
And, what does our family need?
And recognizing that the answers are ever changing, ever evolving.
It is certainly not about doing something because it’s what someone else says you should do. Oh no!