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GPS Guide: Carla Naumburg's Guide To Mindful Parenting

12/26/2012 08:04 am 08:04:50 | Updated Dec 26, 2012

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In her GPS Guide below, Carla Naumburg, PhD shares her tips, tools and inspiration to encourage mindful parenting. See her guide, then share your tips in the comments section.

3 Tools For Mindful Parenting

1. STOP: Stop, Take a Breath, Observe, Proceed
This is a tool that I use several times a day, when I feel myself getting overwhelmed or frustrated or I’m having a difficult interaction with one of my children. No matter what’s going on, there is always time to stop, take a breath, briefly consider the situation, and make a different, mindful choice.

2. SMILE
Sometimes, all it takes is a smile, even a small one, to improve my outlook. Smiling isn’t about masking painful emotions or pretending to be happy, but a smile reminds me that even in a hard moment, I can be grateful to be alive, that my daughters are safe and healthy (even if they are in the middle of a tantrum!), and that I have a roof over my head and food to eat.

3. GRATITUDE
Each night, as I’m laying in bed, I take a moment to be grateful. On the good days, it’s an easy exercise, but even on the bad days, I can always find some blessing to appreciate. It helps keep my challenges in perspective, and my attitude positive. Smiling, keeping a gratitude journal, and sharing thanks over a family dinner are all ways to start a gratitude practice in your daily life.

Below, find other inspiration -- affirmations, music, quotes and more.

Carla Naumburg's GPS Guide

Carla Naumburg, PhD is a clinical social worker and contributing editor at Kveller.com. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two young daughters.

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