Parenting secrets from a coach.

I would like to introduce today our special guest blogger Erin Owen, Mom of 2 boys age 6 and 2, Author, Speaker, and an Eastern-Inspired Performance Breakthrough Coach.

Erin will contribute a series of posts ” How to be a parent and a professional without losing your mind.”  I want to thank Erin for sharing parenting secrets with Go Au Pair’s blog readers. My hope is that Erin’s contributions will provide help for busy parents through offering advice from a coach, parent and the author of the book.

As a parent, you  have read parenting articles, books or perhaps tried parenting courses. Parenting secrets from a coach are different because Erin shares Eastern-inspired ideas about time management and being present on this blog . These advice come from expert and author of the book Recharge, Refuel, and Re-energize: The Conscious Entrepreneur’s Guide to Taking Back Control of Your Time and Energy. You can download the first free chapter of the book.

How to be a parent and a professional without losing your mind?

Does this scene sound somewhat familiar? You’re trying to get a meal put together for your family while not tripping over the dog, answering two different questions from different directions, trying to assess from your childcare provider what happened over the course of the day, and – oh yah, your head is spinning from the long list of things you did not have time to get done at work today.

Maybe there are some slight variations based on your current life, but you get the idea. With a full-time working husband, two young boys who demand my full attention, a dog, a business of my own to run, a team of house-related helpers to manage (the nanny, the dog walker, the house cleaner, the handyman, etc, etc), a family to feed, and more, I live this reality every day.

How is it possible to be a parent and a professional without losing your mind? Quite honestly, it’s a work in progress for me. But, I have learned a number of simple strategies over the years that have helped me tremendously. And I’d like to share some with you on this Go Au Pair blog from time to time.

The first idea I’d like to share with you in my next post has its roots in an ancient Eastern concept called mindfulness.

Be Present.

Whether you are checking your child’s homework or answering a phone call or washing a dish or checking the mail or reading a bedtime story. Be present.

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