On episode 17 of the Enlightenedhood Podcast, meet Positive Discipline Educator and author of the upcoming children’s book series, Superhero Wolf and parenting book Finding Calm In The Chaos Of Daily Life, Laura Linn Knight.
Laura shares her journey to becoming a mindfulness educator, practical tools to implement into your family to raise conscious children and how we as mothers can help reduce stress.
Here’s a message from Laura:
Hello! I’m Laura.
A mother of two, former elementary school teacher, positive discipline educator, mindfulness optimist, author of the upcoming children’s book series, Superhero Wolf, and parenting book – Finding Calm In The Chaos Of Daily Life.
As a life-long teacher who can’t stop learning and sharing about how to bring more joy into each day, I am devoted to helping parents find more moments of calm and happiness in the chaos of family life.
I discovered mindfulness, positive thinking, and tools for cultivating a deeper sense of self-worth after a health scare that came with a big dose of fear. After being misdiagnosed with a disease that I didn’t have, I turned to mindful awareness as a foundational tool to calm my body and mind. Then, I added a sprinkle of optimism and love to those skills, and my fearful thinking began to slip away.
I started my quest for quality parenting practices after my two children, Oliver and Grace, were born. Having been an elementary school teacher, I thought I would have an advantage in parenting. I was sorely mistaken when my three-year-old began trying to hit me and I vacillated between authoritarian and permissive parenting approaches (neither of them working). That is when I discovered parenting tools that were kind and really worked!
Then the magic happened …
I combined the two – Mindful Awareness and Parenting. The mindful awareness anchored me. The parenting tools empowered me. My home became more harmonious, peaceful, and happy.
Now, the important part … YOU!
I know parenting is hard. I know you thought that once you found your partner, settled into a home, and had children that you were going to feel happier. I understand what it is like to lay in bed at night with fears racing around in your mind like a hamster on a wheel. I know you are trying your best and you just wish your kids could be more grateful, more respectful, and better behaved. I also know the guilt you feel because sometimes you blame yourself for “not doing it right.”
I am here to tell you that you are not alone. I have experience with all of the thoughts and feelings that I just shared. I have found better ways to approach parenting, my marriage, and just to put a spin on Lady Gaga, to “love myself today ‘cause baby I was born this way.”