Conscious Parenting Leads to Fearless Children
Or: How to Allow Children to Be Authentic and Not Fearful of Being Themselves.
I'll preface this post by stating that I do not have children of my own and I am in NO WAY declaring myself a parenting expert, but that does not mean I can't have opinions on the matter as it pertains to how our ‘new humans’ and ‘future adults’ are raised.
I've been an inquisitive person all my life. As a child I would be the type to always ask 'why?', even after that particular phase in a child's life. I think somewhere along the way I must have been called out for doing it too much because I suddenly stopped asking 'why' out loud. I mostly kept my questions in my head and was afraid to even speak-up as a student in school. It wasn't until these later years of my current life that I've grown to understand that it is our right to ask as many questions as we want in order for us to learn and grow and let our true selves be as they are.
Last year I came upon Dr. Shefali Tsabary on Marie TV. Her concept on conscious parenting blew my mind and opened my heart. The idea that children are born full of bliss and with the knowledge to flourish into emotionally intelligent and strong individuals deeply connected with my childhood notion that these ‘true humans’ could lead us to create a better world.
So now, I go back to my childhood and try to decipher just where along that road to adulthood I started to be ‘trained’ away from my innate bliss. Why do we feel we have to mold children into this hard shell of protection, fearful of what and who is out there? We must understand that it is this early conditioning that is causing the anxieties and depressions and mid-life crisis as early as in young adults. We must stop the cycle of melancholy, be brave as parents to be conscious and learn from our children—let them lead us back into that blissful state of being. After all, it is children who are the most present, mindful, and authentic in this world.
With much love and gratitude,