Just born: A New Bud
This is a stage where your baby cannot communicate with you through words. have to be extra sensitive and use your intuitive skills to understand the needs of your baby. With daily practice of meditation, your intuitive ability blossoms and you find it easier to communicate to the little one. You can become a master of the language of the heart.
Babies are also sensitive to parent's state of mind, so it's important for parents to be calm and restful. This rest can come from meditation
Toddlers - The bud grows
Toddlers can really test your patience. They can be increasingly demanding and stubborn. They often also want to be independent (‘Me do it’) and insist they do things on their own. Dealing with their tantrums requires a lot of skill and patience. You also need to be constantly creative in finding new ways to deal with them without getting angry or tired.
Meditation makes you calm and centered and helps you deal with them patiently. You are less likely to lose your temper and can skillfully handle them. When you are calm and fresh, creativity also wells up in you and dealing with your toddler will be such a pleasure without the fatigue factor.
Pre-teens - The bud starts blossoming!
This is the time when the wheel turns. Once-upon-a-time-children are growing up fast. This is the time when you need to build up trust in your children, become their confidants and sounding-boards - from career guidance to advice on boyfriends and girlfriends. This is the time when you need to be a friend to them and yet be assertive whenever required.
Few minutes of meditation everyday can strengthen your relationship with your young one. It gives you the ability to trust. Meditation makes you centered and more open to understanding your child. It gives you the strength to sow the seeds of human values in them and guide them to evolve as a balanced human being.
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Young adults - The bud becomes a flower
At this stage youth want to spread their wings and the touch the sky with their dreams and ambitions. We need to be a pillar of support to them. We want them to be happy, they want to be happy. Yet often a communication gap could develop. This is because there are times when we have different points of view. But when we meditate, we are able to communicate peacefully and skillfully. We are able to accept their perspective and give them the space to grow at their own pace even while keeping a watchful eye to ensure they succeed.
Meditating together with your young adults will help you bond better and will make your relation more special.