If you are new to this series of posts by Carrie of the Parenting Passageway (
), please refer to my note on my previous post under Education, which links to Day One, Part Two: Twenty Days Toward Being A More Mindful Mother
. Thanks! -Fay Meling
Day Two: Twenty Days Toward Being A More Mindful Mother.
I just came across this lovely blog on parenting by Carrie of the Parenting Passageway. Carrie is “a certified neonatal and pediatric physical therapist, lay breastfeeding counselor, board-certified lactation consultant and positive parenting and homeschool consultant, Carrie has observed, worked with and counseled thousands of families.”
Carrie has written a series of entries that are meant to inspire us to become more mindful in our parenting. She is a wonderful and thoughtful writer, and I will post her insights for these next 20 days so that you too may follow along or link to her. I hope you enjoy reading these and some of her other posts as much as I have. (Please note: I love the Waldorf philosophy, and am intrigued by homeschooling. Our current situation has our older daughter attending a great public school with french immersion, but I do love the ideas that many homeschoolers present. As a parent, I am not bound to any one system of education or any other beliefs that one author/person may espouse. I simply take the information as is and digest what makes sense for me and my family. Please feel free to do the same). -Fay Meling
Day One, Part Two: Twenty Days Toward Being A More Mindful Mother.
My daughter started a new class yesterday. What a strange adventure the last few weeks have been! While the challenges of kindergarten may seem trivial to some from the outside, those who have children or have experience dealing with ‘little people’ know how truly devastating an on-going, non-positive experience in a child’s first year of school can be. It can be made even worse if a child is not given the proper support right away to address such a situation. Thankfully, my husband and I finally took the bull by its horns and pushed through (with a mama bear perseverence that truly shone this time), until we saw some clear and constructive action.
While it would’ve been nice for everything to get sorted out and have my daughter carry on in the same class for the last four months of the school year, it seems that getting to this point and then having her switch into a new class was truly a blessing in disguise.
On her first day, the new teacher handed me a note which I opened up at home. Boy, did she ever get the showers going! I was so pleasantly surprised by her kind words of welcome and also of her sense of understanding about what emotions we were experiencing, that I could not stop crying. Her words and actions have truly made such a difference. If only such actions were truly contagious…I think the world would become a much better place, much faster. I am truly very thankful to this lovely person who has entered our lives.
May this story send you the positive vibrations that my family and I are experiencing right now.