Magazine article Working Mother

Moments of Zen

Magazine article Working Mother

Moments of Zen

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There I was on my Monday morning commute, coffee spilling on my coat, unfinished holiday shopping list in my hand and the memory of a you-can't-wear-that-to-school battle I'd had with my 5-year-old still playing in my head. So when I overheard a woman sitting near me on the train talk about Zen parenting, I was immediately curious. Zen anything sounded terrific. Maybe I'd start meditating; find peace, love and joy as promised on the holiday cards I had yet to mail. "Before entering into a power struggle with your child, look at things from his or her perspective," said the wise commuter mommy as I craned my head in her direction. "Try to see what's going on through the child's eyes."

The next morning, I put her sage counsel into play. Getting dressed for school has become my son Jack's chosen time to boldly assert his independence: He wants to wear his Batman T-shirt again. He doesn't care that it's cold outside. Those pants are boring! I listened to his demands, complied when I could and made compromises (long-sleeved shirt under the Batman tee). …

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