Core Concepts For Connected Families
by Mimi Doe
The following core concepts are the
foundation for creating deep loving family connections.
You are linked with your children for a
reason. You’ve somehow committed to spending your time on this
earth together. Each day provides an opportunity to nurture the
souls of those you love. It is possible. Your kids are never too
young or too sophisticated to begin embracing the core concepts. No
matter what your family might look like—and
the Los Angeles Times recently came out with a survey that categorized
over 28 different types of moms in America today—you
can begin now forging a deeper connection.
Yes, we are busy, but by choosing to
embrace the 7 core concepts, our lives will become more balanced.
Tolerance: let the little things go.
You won’t remember the weeds in the front yard ten years from now, but
you might recall your nine-year-old’s laughter as you taught her to
throw a Frisbee—and she will too. Tolerance is
also understanding that those we love might have different pictures in
their minds of how events should play out.
Time Together: is what it’s all
about. Get creative and harvest more of it for your family. Plan special
time, grab an occasional moment, turn routine events into family
participation, share your hobbies, take part in your child’s interests.
Trial and Error: never give up,
continue to try new approaches for a deeper connection with your kids and
partner. Adjust to your child’s changing age and interests.
Take it out into the World: practice
compassion in action as a family.
Teach Less, Listen More: honor each
other’s viewpoints and dreams—learn from
Tools for Living: begin creating
your family’s unique toolbox of beliefs. Be specific about what beliefs
and values make it into that box, why they are there, and how your family
can put them to use.
Total Love: you can’t go wrong
when you love deeply. Never assume that your family knows how much you
love them—show them often.
Who is Mimi Doe? Ladies Home Journal
called Mimi Doe "a parenting guru" and she has appeared on
Oprah. She holds a Master's Degree in Education from Harvard. Mimi is the
author of the just released, Busy but Balanced: Practical and
Inspirational Ways to Create a Calmer, Closer Family,
(St. Martins Press) and 10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting
(Harper Collins) which won a coveted Parents' Choice Seal of Approval and
was a finalist in the Books for a Better Life Award. Mimi's radio segment,
Busy but Balanced Tip of the Week, airs on Parent Talk, a nationally
and seminars have changed the way thousands of parents interact with the
children in their lives. Her popular on-line newsletter, Spiritual
Parenting Thought for the Week, has subscribers from around the world and
she is a contributor expert to Beliefnet and ivillage’s Parentsoup. Mimi
is the mother of two young children. www.SpiritualParenting.com.