Kimberley Moran is a parent, a former teacher, and an editor at We Are Teachers and We Are Parents. As a teacher, she found herself being asked question after question about parenting.
During conferences, she spent more time discussing parenting than student work. Even teachers would ask her what to tell the parents of their students. The more questions she was asked, the more she developed easy ways to talk about some of the most important aspects of parenthood.
In order to help parents remember what to remember, she coined the term Parent Mantras. “This will be your mantra,” she would say to them. “Begin at the end.”
After reading lots of the books in the hack learning series, she realized she wanted to write one about the kids in those classrooms and the parents they went home to at night. The result was a book coming out in October 2017, Hacking Parenthood: 10 Mantras You Can Use Daily to Reduce the Stress of Parenting.
What Moran says about Parent Mantras
In this book, I’ve gathered 10 mantras for cutting out the stuff that doesn’t really make you a better parent, instead focusing on what you need to do in each moment to move your parenting strategy forward.
Each mantra shows you how to assess a situation and your child in it and then make a plan or use your intuition to help you and your child grow.
Mantras were created thousands of years ago by people in ancient India who understood that sound is a pathway to reaching enlightenment.
Mantras became medicinal sound formulas to calm the self.
I hope to help you use mantras to drown out the noise of the world a bit like sticking your fingers in your ears and shouting “La la la la, I can’t hear you!” These mantras should also help you hone in on what matters when things seem out of control.
When we decide on a mantra to guide our parenting, the simple act of repetition takes us beyond our everyday boundaries and allows for our mantra to seep into who we are as a parent.
We create an intention behind our actions. We strengthen an extremely powerful tool, our voice. When we commit to the act of using mantras in every aspect of our parenting, we are staying in touch with our deepest desire about who we want our children to be.
It allows us to release, relax and surrender to our parenting intention.
I really do use every one of these mantras to help me in my parenting. I love them because they aren’t judgmental. I get to decide what I’m going to do, but my mantras help me focus and be consistent.
This is the key to good parenting I think. If one of these doesn’t work for you, let it go. Being flexible is also a great parenting skill.
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