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Episode 03: What does a Conscious Family mean?

You may be wondering why I have named my podcast the conscious family. So lets break it down a little bit. Conscious means having some kind of awareness. Many of us go through parenting pretty much on autopilot, unaware. We are doing the things that are parents pretty much did unless it was the few things we swore never to do that they did. Hence we may find ourselves many times saying WOW I sound like my mother!!! or Yikes I’m turning into my Mother!

Becoming a Conscious, Intentional, Mindful Family. Requires effort. Denay Barahona goes over 3 characteristics of being intentional which I loved and went over in my podcast. Go check out her blog and podcast at simplefamilies.com, she has some awesome content. The 3 Characteristics that she describes to becoming a intentional parent are: Reflection, Education and Strategy. As soon as she said these things I was like YES YES YES!!!! It just strung some positive vibes in my body so I decided to do a follow up podcast of how I apply these three aspects in my family.

Reflection: Always asking yourself where can I improve? What can I do better? Why do I think this way about this? Why do I do this in this particular way? Reflecting is a wonderful skill to develop. My husband and I do it regularly every week. We set a time aside to look at what went well during the week what didn’t and where we can improve.

Education: If you are a regular reader of my stuff this is definitely the ongoing learning that is not just done in school but forever and ever. Its the desire and thirst for knowledge. Whenever a problem arises I love to research. We are way blessed and have a million different resources at our fingertips. Lets use it and learn what we can and be empowered by education with all our choices.

Strategy: I called this implementation. There is no point in having a ton of knowledge on a certain subject and there is no application involved. In order to really learn something application is needed to have it embedded in you especially when it comes to learning new parenting strategies.

We need to be conscious about what we do with our families because we are always teaching and influencing them all of the time, whether we know it or not. Lets take some time to reflect on our parenting and family practices and see where we can improve on.

You are amazing, beautiful and awesome

 

xo Tracy


2nd Birthday at the Elderly Home

IMG_7882smallThis year I decided to make her birthday party a more service oriented birthday because she only cares about having a cake and blowing out the candle at this age.  I got this idea from a post I saw on Facebook  about a kindergarten which went to a rest home (care center) once a month to visit the elderly and how it made them sooo happy. We also recently had a friend who had passed away who was at this care center so we decided to pay them a little visit. I also believe that having  the elderly in my children’s lives can teach them many things from compassion, service to love and so much more! I know I was abundantly blessed by living with my grandma for many years.

At first when I called them to ask them if we could do this, they sounded confused why on earth I would have a birthday there because they had never had this done before. Even those who I had invited was a little confused at why her birthday party was at a care center. We also asked guests to not bring a gift but a gently used toy that can be donated to a kids charity.

I tried to keep it as minimal as possible so all we had were a few balloons, snacks and the cake. I think all up I spent under $10 on this birthday so yay!!!I was the main entertainment, we just sang songs and recited nursery rhymes. For the elderly is was just a lot of fun to interact and watch the little kids run around and play. Many of them wishing they could have a little of their energy haha. (don’t we all) It was also sooo sweet to hear some of the elderly say that they never see their great grand babies so this was a real treat for them.

It was such a simple little birthday idea that I encourage any of you to do. I’m not one for big birthdays but if it can brighten someones day I will do it. In doing this I hope that my little one when she looks back on these pictures will also be able to find her own ways to serve those with high needs in our community.

Big thanks to our family and friends that came out to help us celebrate!!! We love you!!!!!IMG_7844small IMG_7850small  IMG_7864small

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