4.1. TIME TO THINK
The invitation in this module is very simple - think about your child for 10 minutes every day.
I will ask you to focus on specific aspects of your relationship later on. For now, I invite you to freestyle it to get in touch with what you already know about your child and to trust your own wisdom.
I am going to describe a few ways of going about it, please choose the elements you resonate with and make it your own:
Completely freestyle. Choose a regular time in the day, I find that first thing in the morning works best. Set the timer for 10 minutes and conjure up the image of your child in your mind. Lean back into silence, check in with what is happening in your body and observe what is coming up. It might be a general sense of where they are at, a memory of something that happened, an idea of what you could do for them or what you could do together, an insight about where you might want to be more present. It’s a good idea to have a notebook or a stash of sticky notes nearby to jot down anything you want to remember later on.
Semi freestyle. One tweak to the practise described above: instead of leaning into silence, complete the sentence: “I like how my child...” as many times as it will happen within 10 minutes.
How does that sound so far?
Here is an exercise to help you connect with how time to think might impact your relationship with your child:
How do you feel about it? Excited? Unsure? Awkward? Eeeeeeeek? Curious about where it might take you? It's ok for all of those feelings to be there. I hope you find those daily 10 minutes to reflect. If not - get curious about why not. Wherever you are, I'd love to hear about in the group.