99. How Parents Can Stay Grounded While Setting Limits
“Motherhood is obviously a very important piece of my life, but it's also still just a piece of who I am as Sarah. It is the most divine love, but you can easily lose yourself in it if you're not careful,” explains Sarah Ezrin, author of The Yoga of Parenting. Today, Sarah speaks with host Alejandra about how parents can stay grounded while setting limits.
Conscious parenting requires a strong sense of self, awareness, and intentionality, as well as healthy boundaries. Children are their own beings who are deserving of respect and autonomy of their own. However, this does not mean that you can allow them to do anything they want or rule the household. Research has shown that children tend to benefit the most from a middle ground that incorporates limits and boundaries with a strong sense of connection between themselves and their caregiver. Through yoga, Sarah has developed tools that transfer over to conscious parenting, such as gaining a deeper awareness of her limiting beliefs and negative self-talk.
It is important to find ways to stay grounded while working on consciously building a healthy relationship with your child. If you do not establish healthy boundaries, not only will you risk losing the parts of your identity that do not revolve around motherhood, but your child may not be able to learn how to set their own boundaries.
• “Every healthy relationship needs healthy boundaries, and our children need our healthy boundaries as well.” (12:13-12:20 | Alejandra)
• “Motherhood is obviously a very important piece of my life, and they are my favorite human beings on the planet. But it's also still just a piece of who I am as Sarah, as a whole. It is the most divine love, but you can easily lose yourself in it if you're not careful. And it's important to keep yourself as an anchor, so that you actually even have that love to give.” (15:59-16:22 | Sarah)
• “Even though we do try to see our children as whole beings who deserve respect and autonomy, it doesn't mean that they're getting the run of the house.” (17:09-17:20 | Sarah)
• “It's finding the middle ground of having high limit setting, but also high connection.” (19:05-19:11 | Sarah)
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