“When people are looking around and thinking “it’s going to be too much work and it’s going to be too hard, I always like to say to people to make it work for you, what are your hobbies? What do you love? What could you talk about all day? Because these are the things that will not feel like work when it comes down to it. ”

-Rachel Bailey

On today’s bonus episode, I am so grateful to welcome parenting specialist, Rachel Bailey to the show. Besides being a mother of two, she also has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, a certification in Positive Discipline, and has provided services as an ADHD Coach, in-home mentor, and therapist. Currently, Rachel teaches parents hands-on tools for raising responsible, resilient, confident children. She is also committed to conquering the overwhelm and guilt that is associated with parenting today. 

In our honest conversation, Rachel and I reflect about the most powerful lessons in parenting we have learned over the years. Rachel shares that she is able to support parents through empathy because she would not even call herself a naturally calm and regulated parent. She has had to implement all the tools she teaches. Rachel provides some practical tips for being able to recognize your overwhelm as a parent and then act upon it through doing things like brain dumping and implementing some time management strategies. She helps us understand that when our schedules don’t own us, we are able to be more present with our kids and enjoy many more moments of connection. 

Mindfulness Takeaways

  • The first step to identifying how to parent more mindfully is to recognize that you are overwhelmed. 
  • Time management is a mindset problem, not a lack of responsibility. 
  • When it comes to time management, you have to find the tools work uniquely for you and those might be untraditional! 
  • How we interpret time can make it our friend or our enemy. 
  • We are more fulfilled when we make decisions to invest in activities we love rather than only trying to avoid discomfort. 
  • “Setting and forgetting” tasks allows us to be more present with our kids. This means you schedule specific time blocks weekly for critical tasks.

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