I like to live in a neat house. It helps me function more calmly, but I don't always have the luxury of a neat house. Yesterday I said to Kennedy, "There is a pile of dirty white socks in the living room, but I like our dirty clothes to be kept in a laundry basket in the laundry room. Will you please move your socks?"
She says to me, "Mom, I want to tell you something." She looks at me closely and says "Socks in the living room are not a big deal in life. In life, it doesn't matter where socks are. You don't have to freak out about socks."
I know, I know.......she is right! Of course it doesn't matter in the BIG picture, but I do prefer socks, especially the dirty ones, to be kept in their appropriate space. I find myself in situations like these regularly: a debate between what I want to happen and Kennedy's philosophy on life.
1) Do your plans turn upside down before you even get out the door in the morning?
2) Do you feel like you are dragging your children out the door to school? Like you are pushing a rope up a hill?
3) Does homework time sometimes result in tears?
4) Do you wonder how to protect your girls from the hurtful chatter amongst friends during school lunch time?
5) Do you want to pull your hair out over your son's lack of effort in the classroom?
I do, and I often wonder how a "conscious parent" navigates these experiences? Do you also wonder how to support your child while you still expect them to be ready to leave on time in the mornings? I read and then re-read "The Conscious Parent" to remind myself how to make and sustain a connection with my children that empowers both of us to live enthusiastically without a heated discussion about dirty socks.
Please join me on February 11 at 6pm for a presentation about these very questions from world renowned author, Dr. Shefali Tsabary.
The Hill Country Montessori School is excited to welcome Dr. Shefali Tsabary to Boerne, Texas. Dr. Shefali is a thoughtful and inspiring leader in the conscious parenting movement. Embraced by parents worldwide, she is the author of "The Conscious Parent - Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children."
Some of her recent talks and appearances include Oprah's LifeClass, Super Soul Sunday, Wisdom 2.0, TEDx SF and the Dalai Lama Center.
As an author, Dr. Shefali's books address pivotal issues that effect our children's future. Her books have been endorsed by leaders of both the psychological and wisdom traditions. Her book was endorsed by Oprah as one of the most profound books on parenting she's ever read. Forwarded by HH The Dalai Lama, endorsed by Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson and many more, this book revolutionizes the parenting journey and allows us to transform our relationship with our children.
Welcome by Adrianne Carnes, Hill Country Montessori School
6:00 - 7:00 Presentation "Daring Our Kids to Thrive" by Dr. Shefali
7:00 - 7:45 Questions and Answers
7:45 Book Signing
(Photo credit below goes to Tommy Andersson)