Dear readers, a version of this editorial has also appeared on our sister site, THE LITTLE SCHOOL PROJECT. There, the post has been modified to speak more to modern sustainable parents who homeschool. If that educational style resonates with you, please feel free to check it out. :) Lisa
As modern day metropolitan homesteaders, we know how to better connect and respect our environment and we often go out of our way to live more sustainably, Yet when it comes to our family, that kumbaya consciousness can evaporate into clean air. As a parent, it becomes extremely necessary to raise your child by understanding their needs. It’s best done by pouring all your conscious effort on the child in a calm and lovable manner; much like you do toward your urban garden and your yoga instructor. There is a saying “Today’s children… Tomorrow’s future…” A future where people have compassion, honesty and are well behaved can only be shaped now. That is why it is very to start now for a better future. Who best can do that other than the parents? So we have picked our top 5 tips to be a conscious parent.
The first tip, begin by practicing a healthy routine. Teach and train your family to follow a routine from the time they wake up, till the time they get back to sleep.
The next tip is create a peaceful environment. Childhood is compared with a sponge because, just like how a sponge can accommodate water in it, children have the tendency to absorb behavior and language that they see and hear around them. That is exactly why it is really important to be and to do good things around children. Children consider their parents as a role model in their early stage. They will watch and hear what you do, so be responsive around them and not reactive. If there is a situation in front of you when you’re children are around, think for a while before you respond. Be compassionate around them but not naïve and give them a chance to grow mentally.
Ensure them that if they value people around them and their relationships, at the time of pain and trouble they won’t find themselves alone but instead, they will have a strong support on whom they can rely upon. Basically, valuing relationships can only make people stronger, by doing so, this can also possibly change the mind of the other person and can force them to value relationships in return. It’s always a win-win situation when love is involved and when responsibilities are shared alongside happiness and pain.