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“Parenting is a big mirror. You’re going to see it all, because everything is exposed and brought to light if you allow it to be.” – Cathy Adams
Today I’m sharing a fascinating conversation with therapist Cathy Adams, who recently published the book Zen Parenting: Understanding Ourselves So We Can Take Better Care of Our Children. Whether you have children, plan on having children, or even just know any children, this episode is for you. She teaches us how to prepare kids for the real world in a holistic, loving way, while managing our own fear and uncertainty about the future.
- 02:50 How zen parenting became Cathy’s passion
- 07:50 How the pandemic impacted the message of Zen Parenting
- 12:10 Why teens were especially impacted by changing the status quo
- 15:25 Reducing parental anxiety with mindfulness
- 20:25 How to remain connected to your children by allowing the freedom they need through their teenage years
- 26:35 Releasing yourself from the expectation that you should take over your child’s life
- 30:30 Cathy’s most challenging boundary struggle
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The host of the top ranked Zen Parenting podcast and mother of three reveals a calmer, more self-aware parenting approach for parents to effectively teach and support their children: stay curious, say less, and listen more.
We can’t always plan for what’s next—that’s been made more and more clear in the past few years. The truth is that life is never predictable, especially as parents. What is possible is your unlimited capacity for compassion, and caring—for yourself and for your children. As you navigate the uncertainty with openness and humility, you find the clarity, connection and community that is Zen Parenting.
Here are some ways we can connect and grow together:
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