Staying fully in the moment is a constant practice for me, but the most helpful thing by far has been to stop and look Owen in the eye whenever he talks to me.

It sounds like such a simple thing, but the effects have been enormous.  It shifts my perspective to gratitude every time, and allows us to connect amidst the chaos. 

 It may seem like a small thing, but by making a conscious effort to stop what I’m doing, look him in the eyes and answer his question or listen to his observations we are able to connect in a much more satisfying way.

When I take the time to stop, look him in the eye and tell him I just need a few minutes to finish something he is more patient, knowing that he has been heard.

When I stop to look him in the eye and connect in the midst of a tantrum, I’m able to react from a more empathetic place which makes us both a lot happier. 

 Most importantly, this simple act never fails to bring me back into the present and embrace how lucky I am to be able to spend my days with this amazing little boy who calls me Mama.

It sounds like such a simple thing, but the effects have been enormous. This practice shifts my perspective to gratitude every time, and allows us to connect amidst the chaos. Most importantly, this simple act never fails to bring me back into the present and embrace how lucky I am to be able to spend my days with this amazing little boy who calls me Mama.