No matter how much we adore our children, there are bound to be parts we’d like to ‘parent’ out of them.
‘Where did my child learn to whine (or rage or be so completely disorganized)?’
‘Why isn’t she more caring, (or less judgmental or more talkative)?’
The Enneagram, which maps out nine different personality patterns and the motivations behind them, can guide us toward new ways of interacting with our kids. First, we learn our own types. Next we look at how our type plays out in our lives as parents.
After that, through observing our children and listening to what they are saying and what they aren’t saying, we begin to get a sense of what personality patterns we see in them. Without necessarily typing them–though some children will be old enough to discover their own types–we can begin to respond to the behaviors and underlying motivations we sense in our children in ways which resource their growth and inner alignment.
Armed with the wisdom of the Enneagram, you can:
…learn how to respond to your children’s behavior in ways that allow them to stay true to themselves instead of who they think you want them to be.
…begin to understand their motivations, build compassion and reduce frustration.
…learn ways to work with their behaviors rather than against them.
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Do you filter your experiences primarily with your head, heart, or gut center?
Do you tend to lean into conflict or need time to retreat to think or process your reactions?
Does parenting challenge your sense of security, freedom, peace or need for control?
Courtney is the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching, host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge, and publisher of a weekly enewsletter on real-world mindfulness practices (including conscious parenting tips.) She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three young children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at email@example.com or you can schedule a complementary clarity session to talk more.
Nancy Goodman is the founder of A Parent Connection and a licensed clinical social worker and EMDR practitioner. Passionate about helping people find freedom and peace, Nancy is also a mama of two who lives with her family in Denver, CO. You can read more about Nancy and her work at http://aparentconnection.com/about/