As busy modern family life is, being present with our kids is more difficult than ever. Dr. Josh Misner says there are 3 simple things we’re missing, that could take our busy lives from multi-tasked to memorable.
Dr. Josh Misner helps families connect on a more meaningful level with their children.
He teaches parents practical, realistic methods that help parents savour each and every moment of their children’s lives.
Dr. Misner says that at its core, mindfulness is remarkably easy to understand, and involves three things: paying attention in the present moment, doing it on purpose with clear intention and doing so from a non-judgemental position.
“Our attention spans are now the most valuable commodity in our current market”
He believes that the more mindful we can become, the better we can equip our children to survive the next phase of the attention economy.
“We need to be able to show our children the way.”
His family has a “technology holiday” every Saturday, where their phones, computers, televisions and other electronic devices are turned off.
“It’s just us reconnecting; now it’s something we look forward to.”
Dr. Misner believes that becoming more mindful is a choice, and it’s the idea of being able to control where our attention goes. He feels that being mindful opens people up to the world around them.
He recommends a great free application called Happify, which helps build mindfulness
(it includes resources, reading material, biofeedback, activities, goals and more).
He tells us to remember “SOS” (Stop, Observe and Savor)
“Once we stop and start giving people our full attention, they start inviting us in to more interaction”
When mindfulness is combined with multi-tasking, Dr. Misner is able to do more with less time, and less stress. He created as “to-do” list for the week. Through this practice, he is able to find time he never knew he had.
“When everything I need to do is recorded, I don’t need to think about it”
Cartoon: The Transformers
Video Game: Mike Tyson’s Punch Out
Embarrassing Moment: In junior high, the school bully put gum in his perfectly-combed hair..
“To this day, when I hear of someone being ill, it always brings me back to that time”
Parent’s Parenting Style: hands-off
“They were busy, doing their own things” (this is what motivates him to be available in every way to his children).
TIME CAPSULE (30 Yrs):
“I do it out of love. I want my kids to grow up and look back on their childhood, and have their memories peppered with glimpses of dad being a big part of it. Everything I did was 100% purely out of love”