The Keepsake Heart has the words CONNECT, COMFORT, and CALM inscribed on it. These three words are intentions or reminders, designed to encourage parents to foster self-care as well as mindful caregiving behaviors, healthy habits, and coping strategies to better manage stress. Each intention is meant to help parents build self-awareness as they develop a secure and trusting relationship with their child.
Intentions are the first step in manifesting your goals and visions. Setting an intention is like drawing a map of where you wish to go. Without an intention, there is no map and you are just driving down a road without a clear destination in mind.
These intentions are meant to be dynamic. They are not expected to be followed in a linear order, as they will evolve and change over time.
The Keepsake Heart intentions can serve as a tool to help parents:
- Set mindful parenting goals
- Develop awareness of their inner and outer states
- Identify and reduce stressors
- Reframe difficult situations
- Connect with their child in a more enjoyable and positive manner.
By focusing on CONNECT, COMFORT, and CALM, and practicing these three intentions, caregivers can create new coping strategies and break old cycles of reactive behavior. These intentions can help parents build healthier habits that will make them and their children more resilient.