Positive Discipline Parenting, Managing Big Feelings & Journal Prompts for 2021
EPISODE: 23 | DATE: December 31, 2020
“I was a better mother before I had children.” Welcome to some real talk about my life as a mother. It feels like I’m reading pages of my diary to you in this episode. And that’s because…well…I am. Listen for the real talk, and stay for some journal prompts for 2021 🙂
- Welcome to the second solo episode and story time at The Mom Feed!
- One of the ways I believe I can serve you is to get REAL HONEST with you, to share my experience as a mother completely unfiltered, and to use my craft of public speaking, storytelling and writing to weave together stories about various aspects of my life as a mother.
- In today’s story I explore many topics including:
- The principles of positive discipline parenting
- What happens when I mess up and don’t follow those principles
- That no matter what, as long as you lead with love, it’s all ok.
- I end the episode with a breakdown of some journal prompts and questions to ask yourself for 2021.
- In summary, here are my suggestions for you:
- Write a letter to 2020 and tell it everything it taught you.
- Write a letter to 2021 and tell it everything you want from it.
- Write the 6 letters that I learned from my time at a conference with Elizabeth Gilbert and Martha Beck:
- #1 – Write a letter to yourself from your fear and let your fear tell you everything it’s afraid of for you.
- #2 – Write a letter to yourself from your enchantment and let it remind you of all the feel-good times you’ve had over the years. To identify your enchantment, you’ll recognize the feeling as: “I hate this. I love that.”
- #3 – Write a permission slip to yourself from the principal in your head, and give yourself permission to do anything and everything your heart desires (like quitting that job you hate, going for the certification you think is too expensive, taking singing lessons, etc.).
- #4 – Write a letter to yourself from your persitence to remind you of all the things you’ve accomplished because of your persistence.
- #5 – Write a letter to your enchantment from yourself and assure it that you will do everything in your power to cultivate more of those experiences that make you feel alive.
- #6 – Write a letter to your fear from your divinity telling it all the ways you will make sure not to let the fears from to life, and that if they do, you will handle it because that is what the divine does.
- In addition to those 8 letters, I encourage you to ask the following 2 questions:
- What feeling or feelings do I want to cultivate every day?
- What are some of the things that help me feel that way?
- Also ask yourself : What do I yearn for? Make that list and then make a list of all the ways you could get what you most yearn for.
- Finally, check out the image below and spot the first 4 words you can make out. Those 4 words will be your focus for 2021.
Lauren is a mother, writer, chef, cookbook author, IIN certified health coach, and most recently, a podcast host. In her own words:
“Life as a mother has asked me to dig deeper into the depths of my soul than any other experience has ever asked of me. It has forced me to come face to face with traumas I had in my closet, and my gosh, it has brought me to my knees. It has also brought me some of the greatest joy of my life, deeper than I’ve ever experienced. Baby giggles? Come on. Watching a child learn something new? THE BEST.
That said, navigating life as a mother has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I’m two kids in and I’m still finding my footing. I imagine I will be doing this sort of dance for the rest of my life in my role as “mom.”
When she’s not recording for this podcast, chasing after her kids, or having a meltdown in the kitchen trying to figure out what to feed everyone for dinner, you’ll probably find her happily reading a book on the couch, curled up under the coziest of blankets, her journal beside her, just in case she gets inpsired and needs to write. Aside from writing and being a mother, Lauren’s passion is to help other mamas feel seen, heard, and understood and laess alone in their journey in motherhood.
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