soul parenting…

November 7, 2012

She was unkind this week…in a way I have never seen her be…but her walk to making amends was so sweet- showing me all she holds inside.

Part of me was embarrassed and perplexed by her meanness and other parts of me knew the vulnerable place you stand when you make a decision you know is just not good. Not good for you or the other person…but sometimes you just do it anyway.

I was  hard on her, she was tender and contrite…and then I took this picture of her and saw her little soul…no, her giant, too big for her body soul…and then I felt tender and contrite.

And we just aren’t that different from each other, kids, parents, families…we are all doing our best to care for each other while we make our own way in the world. Nobody knows what they are doing most of the time, but there are moments when you do, your intuition is bright and wide…and you grab the hand of the person behind you and you lead the way.

Sometimes it’s your kids, sometimes it’s your partner leading, sometimes it’s a bum on the street or the checkout girl.

I want to be a soulful parent- one that isn’t afraid to make mistakes and try to sort them out with my kids, one that can come in and save the day the way only I can, one that leans into family love, one that freaks out when no one is picking up their clothes off the floor, one that makes space and trusts others to lead the way, one that says sorry, one that is confused but cares, one that holds tight to her partner (even when we are on each other’s nerves), one that holds hope, one that makes space for everyone to be themselves, one that gathers, loves and believes.

So, I created Soul Parenting … it’s a page on Facebook for folks to share stories and pictures about the messy love that each family holds. …because I believe we were never meant to do it alone.

It’s a place to tell us about your shitty day or parenting survival, the ways you find your kid’s heart, the things that surprised you, the parts where you have failed and totally triumphed…the real deal of everyday life while holding the intention to carry each other as we seek to be soulful parents and families…together.

I am trusting it to unfold as it is meant to. I will only post when I have something to share or a question to pose…I hope you will do the same. …because lord knows everyone’s soul could use it.


7 Responses to “soul parenting…”

  1. Amelia Says:

    my daughter is nine and a half and is having “growing pains”as displayed by total dishonesty, taking things from family members, sneaking around, etc. I keep reminding myself NO ONE IS JUST ONE THING as I try to breathe through it all, and love her through it. This helps. thanks.

  2. PAPA JACK Says:


  3. Shannon Says:

    Thank you, Patience. Just, thanks.

  4. Erica Says:

    You are so real. Thank you for making me feel “normal” 🙂

  5. […] She’s one of my favorites. And since I try, try, try to be intentional about my parenting, I like what Patience has to say about Soul Parenting. […]

  6. Hello, I love this idea. I used to read your blog long ago and then I ran out of blog reading time … thrilled to have reconnected and found this project. Love the inspiration here to promote kindness.

  7. […] was all about Soul…in November I started Soul Parenting – a Facebook page for folks to share stories and pictures about the messy love that each family […]

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