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The Morning Cup


Mindful Parenting is a contemplative practice through which our connection to our child, and awareness of our child’s presence, helps us become better grounded in the present moment

Your mindful parenting practice

tip of the day.

Sip slowly.

The Mindful Parent is an organization devoted to sharing with parents and other child caregivers ways in which to enhance the many joys of parenting.  By mindfully attending to our children, both when we are physically present with them and when we are physically separated from them, we can enhance our sense of connection to them and, in turn, our connection to the cosmos.  This makes us a better parent, a happier person, and a more vital human being.


To facilitate a more mindful approach to parenting, The Mindful Parent publishes on its website, and in its newsletter, mindful  parenting  verses and commentaries.  The Mindful Parent website also serves as a community forum that encourages and supports a mindful parenting dialogue and the sharing of mindful parenting experiences.


In the spirit of developing a mindful parenting community, we encourage you to submit a mindful parenting verse, commentary, and imagery to share with others.  We believe that through our collective experience, we can help each other develop a deeper and more meaningful mindful parenting practice.  Click here to learn more about making a submission.  We thank everyone who has made a contribution.

Please contact us with your questions about mindful parenting or to share a mindful parenting experience.  The Mindful Parent conducts mindful parenting  workshops and seminars


The Week of March 15, 2010

The Morning   Cup


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The Daily Sip: Your Child’s Smile

Your child's smile is contagious. Not only can it elicit a smile from you but it connects you to your child's inner world, which offers the magical opportunity to share their inner world with them.


Mindful parenting invites you to connect more deeply to the present moment, using cues of your child's physical, emotional, or spiritual presence. One powerful cue is your child's smile.


As an infant, your child's smile has no teeth.  Then, as your child grows, baby teeth appear, fall out, and then emerge again.  Eventually, as time continues its endless journey, their teeth will crumble into dust; this is the flow of life.

A verse from the book, Mindful Parenting: Meditations, Verses & Visualizations for a More Joyful Life, titled "When Your Child's Tooth Falls Out" offers this reminder of the impermanence of our moment-to-moment existence:

My child's tooth

Where will it be

 In a million years?

Today, allow your child's smile to serve as a mindfulness cue, waking you up to the beauty of the present moment.  Deeply appreciate that this moment -- and all that is taking place -- is soon to change, and then change again.  You know all too well how easily smiles turn to frowns, and then back to smiles again.

In this awareness, a tender compassion blossoms.