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HVP March 2017

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20 Hudson Valley Parent n March 2017 especially those with a hectic sched- ule. The answer is to write it down. Writing it down on a sticky note, white board, or piece of paper will help you commit to conquering that small goal on that particular day. Take it a step further and put it in a public place such as your cubicle wall, the refrigerator in your kitch- en, or even on Facebook (approach this option cautiously) to hold you accountable! Start with positive thinking The only way a mindful life will work is if you change your think- ing. How could you possibly parent your children in a mindful way if your thinking is primarily negative? Changing to thinking with a positive mindset is a win-win in multiple ways: • You'll begin to see the beauty in the world around you. • When you start thinking and acting positively, your kids will, too. • With positive-thinking parents, children tend to be happier, calmer, and more enjoyable. Mindfulness is a Win-Win Situation Did you know that living a mind- ful life has a ripple effect? When you show your children the benefits of showing gratitude, thinking positive- ly, and reflecting on the great things in life, they will, too! You will begin to notice them compliment you and your partner more. They will start pointing out the positive aspects of their day, week, month, and year. They will think positively as well, thank others, and start to be more mindful in their daily lives. And a mindful life helps your relationship with your partner, too! They also will begin to mirror your positive behaviors. You will strength- en your relationship, parenting skills, and family life. Mindfulness is full of fantastic benefits for those involved! But it all starts by using these practical steps: • Set 21 days aside to start form- ing the habit of gratitude, mindful- ness, and positivity. • Start with small goals each day that will soon build up to great feats of mindfulness. • Each day, write your goals down to make yourself accountable. • Change your thinking from negative to positive and watch your view of the world around you change. • If you can accomplish these practical steps, you'll be well on your way to parenting and living with mindfulness. Kathy Walsh's career and position as a mindfulness expert is no coin- cidence. Kathy grew up in a house filled to the brim with love, peace- fulness, positive thinking, happiness, and laughter with her six siblings. Inspired by her whimsical and influential childhood experiences, Kathy set out to live a positive life of mindfulness and peace. Filled with yoga, education, the arts, and happi- ness, Kathy's entire career path was guided by her goal of helping others live a life of mindfulness. MINDFUL HOME (Continued from Page 18) "When you show your children the benefits of showing grat- itude, thinking positively, and re ecting on the great things in life, they will, too!" KATHY WALSH Mindful parenting expert Kathy Walsh Over 200 moms have spoken See what moms are saying about local docs and decide for yourself FDOnline. Find Local Mom-Approved Docs!

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