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Be Present

I read this book when my second child was a baby. It completely changed how I went about my day.

I put down my phone.
I started reading less articles and blogs.
And I did my best to be present.

I have noticed myself slipping back into checking my phone frequently and I remembered this book.

Hands Free Mama

And I need to be reminded of these quotes from it...

“One day at a time – this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering. Ida Scott Taylor”

“The most life-changing experiences happen when I stop trying to control and simply let things unfold.”

“from an article called “Three Things to Say to Your Child Every Day” by Lisa A. McCrohan, Wellness Counselor at Georgetown University.* She explains the power of these three phrases: I see you. You matter. I love to watch you.”

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon — instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. Dale Carnegie”

“At least three times every day take a moment and ask yourself what is really important. Have the wisdom and the courage to build your life around your answer.”

Here are articles from the author.

I'm reminded that I don't have to be a perfect parent, but I want to be present.