Redirecting Your Thinking (1-9-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   To accept the things that you can’t change.

PRACTICE: Using your “Acceptance” list you created on January 7, pick an item to work on and practice strengthening your acceptance.

Select and item on your “Acceptance” list, and every time that situation comes into your mind, push it out. The minute it creeps in, force yourself to think of something else.

You can concentrate on a silly word, a phrase, a song, or some problem that you know you can solve. Or, you can do meditation, deep breathing, or some other type of relaxation.

The important thing is that you make yourself redirect your thinking every time. It may be exhausting at first, because the thoughts of the loss will creep in endless numbers of times in a day, but it should get easier over time. You are exercising your concentration “muscles” just like you would have to exercise your leg muscles, if you were preparing to run a race.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, WILLOW FINDS A WAY.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at BULLYING.

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