Zen Parenting


As a nanny for over three decades, Marva Soogrim has seen first-hand that chaotic households are more common than not. But, an interesting thing that she always says is the most important thing to do first is to fix the parents, not the kids. What is the best way to keep mom and dad more at ease?



In an article written for the Huffington Post, Marva Soogrim suggests six ways to bring more Zen into the life of parents. 

Mediation Is a Must: This is essential for new parents or veteran ones. By mediating once for twenty minutes a day, you will be taking a vital time-out for your body, mind and soul. It will help you to put things back into balance.

The Write Stuff:  By writing down your most important thoughts every day, you will keep them in your day-to-day awareness. 

Every Day Is a New Day: Each day comes as a new gift to you, so treat it as such. View each day as a brand new promise to a beautiful life. It will become easier to live in the moment and not be flustered about past woes. 

Ask for Help: A quality way of being and maintaining the person you are as a parent is also by learning to not carry the load alone. Ask the people around you to pitch in and they should be willing to carry their load, too. Keeping family peace requires a team effort. 

Take the Bad Days in Stride: Sometimes the responsibilities on any given day can be overwhelmingly harsh. Take a few deep breaths and carry on with your day by simply knowing that this is part of what it means to experience a bad day. Don't harp on it, as they are all little speed bumps that we hit along the way in life.

Here Lives the Love: At the end of your week, you will surely be tired from the bustle and hustle. The weekend is a chance to recharge in a Zen-like way that involves your family. On the weekends, sit down as a family to meals that you all prepared together. Let everyone know how much you cherish them and that you will never trade your life for anything else. 

Click here to read the whole article written by Marva Soogrim for the Huffington Post.

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