Everywhere I turn there are news alerts and articles about how to protect children physically, how to keep them from being hurt, how to keep them safe in school, on their bikes, in the car.
Important and necessary, yes - but it makes me wonder why we don't focus as much attention on children's emotional safety.
Why aren't we just as vigilant about children's emotional wellness, their spirit, their "beingness", their "I AMness"?
I feel an urgency to direct more energy and thought toward this incredibly important place.
To remind parents to become more aware and invested in what's going on inside of their children. To remember that everyday interactions make an impact on our children's emotional well being.
So how do we make emotional safety a priority? Here are a few suggestions to get the ball rolling…..
So I guess that's more than a few suggestions....and some of them are a bit uncomfortable because they are more about being rather than doing.
But it's time to begin the journey toward self understanding and inner peace - it's the only way we can raise children who innately understand this.
Because really, raising our children in an emotionally safe environment is our personal contribution toward changing the world.
It's time to break the cycle of fear, move in the direction of love and embrace that, like it or not, we are all connected.
With that innate understanding it's super easy to be part of a community, to give back, and to serve others.
But to teach it, we have to believe it. We have to look inside, sift through old patterns, heal what's been hurt, rediscover our own inner light, embrace our self love and then live from that heart-centered place.
No, we don't need to be perfect….there is no such thing. We will still make mistakes, have uncomfortable feelings, and have challenges to deal with - we are human after all.
But once we accept this, we can teach our children to accept it, too. We can help them embrace what is so they can easily move with the ebbs and flows of life.
It's simply a redefining of what it means to feel truly safe - inside and out.
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
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