I cannot stop admiring her as she takes baby steps in an effort to walk independently. It seems that in no time, she has turned 16 months old. My beautiful yet adventurous journey of parenting has allowed me to capture these moments of a lifetime. At the same time, with this new chapter, my life had become a jigsaw puzzle. Meditation helped me fit all the pieces together – Tara, mother of a toddler.
Life certainly changes – your little one takes center stage and all the once- important things gravitate towards the sideline. Managing everything else, yet taking care of your baby, requires you to be alert and happy at all times.
As your baby grows into a toddler, you want to embrace every moment and enjoy this amazing journey of parenting. Meditation helps you to do exactly that.
It helps you give your best as you raise your little angel. Meditation also helps you to have confidence in yourself as you take on the role of a parent, and betters your decision-making skills. This beautiful technique allows you to savor each precious moment with your child. The quality of your enjoyment increases by leaps and bounds.
Keep an effective watch
This is the time your baby slowly blossoms into a bundle of curiosity with an enquiring mind, their sense of exploration slowly developing. You might find them touching or playing with practically everything that fits into their little palm. As a parent, it is important to keep an eye on them all the time.
Meditation improves awareness and alertness, making it much easier to keep a watch over your baby and at the same time, engage in other work effectively.
Helpful tip – If your baby is playing or trying to chew something not good for them, rather than snatching it away, quickly replace it with something more interesting or safe.
Learn new ways to feed your toddler
One of the biggest challenges that parents face is making the baby eat. Besides running all over the place, making elephant-shaped pancakes or smiley sandwitches, you find yourself becoming the ultimate story-teller and your baby’s favorite singer. All the creativity you never knew existed is forced to come out! However, sometimes it can get tiring and stressful for the parent.
Meditation calms you down and also increases your patience level, so you are less likely to get agitated at your little one.
Helpful tip – Make your child do some physical exercise before making them eat. For example, take them for a little walk, or make them play on the swing, or run around a little. This way, they would get a little tired and would be more likely to sit in one place and eat (less work for you too!)
Communicate through the heart
Between the age of one and two-and-a-half years is the time when toddlers make their first effort to communicate through words. But most often, it is hard to understand what they wish to say. So, you need to continue being sensitive in keeping your communication more at the heart level.
Meditation increases this sensitivity and helps you bond with your child better.
Helpful tip – Sometimes, while communicating with your little one, get down to their level by kneeling down or sitting next to them. Also, while talking to them, look into their eyes because they love to get undivided attention from you, even if it is only for a minute or two.