Sweet Sleepy Time

Welcome to the Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival: Week #5 – Practicing Presence

This post was written for inclusion in the 10 Week Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival hosted by Prenatal to Parenting. This week our participants have written about Practicing Presence.. We hope you enjoy this week’s posts and consider joining us next week when we share about a week of Developing Positive Self-Talk.


Too often I find putting my daughter to bed a chore. I find waiting for her to fall asleep excruciating. It’s like torture; being trapped by her side thinking about all the things I’m missing out on or all the things I could be doing.

It’s really not that bad, it takes 1000305_10153121349465265_1983046406_nher a few minutes to settle down and then maybe ten minutes more to drift off into a nice deep sleep. I’m just a bit of a busy body……

Until this challenge!

It started on week #2 when I started doing my breathing exercises at nap time and then again at bed time. Then week #3 I started to become more mindful of my body sensations and the noises I could hear as I lay beside her.

This week – practicing presence – I really started to enjoy the time; this ritual that we have. I realized that by focusing on all the things that I ‘could’ be doing I was missing out on what I ‘was’ doing. Bonding with my precious daughter, soothing her into sleep, breathing in the sweet smell of her and appreciating this time in her life. A time that I know passes quickly enough without me wishing it away.

Today I took this picture after I shed a tear for all the times I’d missed out on because I was ruminating on my to-do list. I learned that I when I allow myself to relax into these small moments in time that I find extreme joy.

How about you? What activities with your children are you missing out on because your focusing on what else needs to be done?

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

Week 5 Practicing Presence – Jennifer from Children’s Directory finds it’s easier to practice presence when there is no Wi-Fi available.

Being Present – Peaceful Parenting Challenge – Week 5  – Katrina from Kalem Photography learns to listen not only with her ears but also with her heart.

Practicing Presence – Ricky from Daddy Blogger has a wonderful time waiting for the ferry.

Week 5 – Remain present – Amanda from Sticky Hands has got this presence thing nailed.

KICK THE PANTS! – WEEK 5– LISTEN UP WILL YOU? – Kathryn from Curiosity and the Kat finds it ironic that she’s learned all this before.

Being present can bring great gifts– Lolly from My Journey Home feels she still has some work to do.

Doing One Thing At A Time – Amber from Strocle.com is looking for tips on how to stop multi-tasking.

Right here, right now – Michelle from My Peaceful Parenting notices she might enjoy what she’s doing, but she’s not taking it all in.


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