The Dance of Parenting brings mindful parenting to life by providing a dynamic framework, L.O.V.V.E., to move beyond your parenting triggers and mental overload. It inspires being intentional about your experience in raising strong, empathetic, confident children, even as you grow. While issuing a very down-to-earth discussion of cultural norms influencing your parenting, it helps you identify your particular influences. You’ll move through some common parenting pitfalls that wind up in exhaustion, not to mention undermining your desires for your relationship with your children. It then spells out a dynamic method for you to move through your triggers, mental overload and priorities.
This easy-to-read book provides you with a nurturing, calming, highly usable parenting skillset for your parenting days. You’ll find an engaging framework at your beck and call to empower you in your particular parenting situation.
As a modern parent, you are navigating the uncertain territory of a rapidly changing world, which can make raising children a scary responsibility. Triggers and mental overload are ever present. The Dance of Parenting provides a systematic framework for expanding some of your core strengths needed for dealing with the effects of this rapidly changing world – your parenting triggers and mental overload. It works for you and your child – leading to less stressed trigger responses plus ways to clear your mental overload. The positive ripple effect of much less fatigue, customized problem solving, and solid relationships with your growing children are yours. Become adept at nurturing both your and your child’s whole life, triggers and all, by using the L.O.V.V.E. practices laid forth in this book. This is definitely not your typical parenting to-do list!
“The author, a clinical and public health nurse and experienced parent, expertly lays out the essence of her guide up front, telling readers what they should expect when perusing it. While Solovieff has an encouraging, reassuring voice, she does not suggest that there are easy fixes. The book is supportive of this ongoing need because it features a multitude of worthy exercises. Valuable tables at the start help readers remember the capacities and gauge their skills before and after putting them into practice.”
– KIRKUS Review
“Natasha Solovieff details how to overcome parenting challenges in The Dance of Parenting: Finding Your Inner Choreographer. This clear self-help guide offers caregivers a broad, loving way to reframe their thinking while respectfully acknowledging that there is no one-size-fits-all advice. With a philosophy firmly rooted in the peaceful parenting movement, an encouraging voice reminds busy adults to practice self-care. Useful, reflective exercises serve as road maps for better relationships.”
– Clarion Review Rating: 4 out of 5
From the Author
Dear Caring Parent,
I have come to know this about parenting:
My inner thoughts, feelings, and imaginings are what shape my parenting more than anything else. These effect what I learn about. They effect how I interact with my child in joy, in conflict, in chaos. Not to mention they effect how I interact with my parenting team, family, friends, and self.
I also know that when I am moving through the experience of parenting, I do best when I have a default system, a self-coaching process if you will, for how to get back in step when I fall out of step with my child. It’s what mindful parenting is all about. I wrote it out so that you can have what I’ve acquired – more energy and confidence when problem-solving, feeling overwhelmed, dealing with something new, wondering ‘am I a good parent?’, worrying, or feeling unappreciated or misunderstood.
Parents’ stories are all different, but we have so much in common! By the end of this book, you’ll have a simple, systematic, loving guide to help you through your range of experience in parenting.
Natasha Solovieff, BSN, M.Ed., PHN
Founder, OMG Parenting