In a world that often glorifies busyness and productivity, the concept of slow and intentional motherhood offers a refreshing alternative—a way of parenting that prioritizes presence, purpose, and mindful decision-making. Slow and intentional motherhood is not about doing more or striving for perfection; it’s about embracing a slower pace of life, savoring the moments with our children, and being fully present in the journey of motherhood. It’s a conscious choice to step off the hamster wheel of modern-day parenting and reconnect with what truly matters—to ourselves, our families, and our communities. In this post, we’ll explore what slow and intentional motherhood is, why it’s important, and five practical steps you can take to begin your own journey towards a more mindful and fulfilling approach to parenting.

What Is Slow And Intentional Motherhood?

Rather than getting caught up in the chaos of modern-day parenting, slow and intentional motherhood encourages you to focus on what truly matters to you and your family, fostering deeper connections, nurturing personal growth, and creating a nurturing environment for both you and your kids. It involves being mindful of your actions, thoughts, and priorities, and making intentional choices that align with your values and goals as a mom.

The “slow” component refers to the pace of life and the approach to parenting. It involves slowing down from the fast-paced lifestyle that is common in today’s society. This means taking the time to savor moments with your child, being fully present in their lives, and prioritizing quality time over rushing from one activity to the next. It’s about embracing simplicity, creating space for reflection, and allowing yourself to be more in tune with your child’s needs and your own as a mother.

On the other hand, the “intentional” aspect emphasizes purposeful and mindful decision-making. It involves being aware of your values, priorities, and goals as a mother and making choices that align with them. Intentional motherhood means being conscious of the way you parent and the impact it has on your child’s development. It’s about being proactive rather than reactive, setting boundaries, and creating a nurturing environment that supports both your child’s growth and your own personal growth as a mother.

In essence, “slow” emphasizes the pace of life, while “intentional” focuses on the conscious and purposeful nature of parenting choices. Together, they form the foundation of slow and intentional motherhood, encouraging mothers to embrace a more mindful and deliberate approach to raising their children.

How To Get Started With Slow And Intentional Motherhood: 5 Steps To Take

To get started with slow and intentional motherhood, follow the five steps below.

1. Change your mindset.

To embark on the journey of slow and intentional motherhood, the first step is to change your mindset. This involves shifting away from the societal pressures of perfection and busyness and embracing a more mindful and purposeful approach to parenting. Let go of the notion that you need to do it all and be everything to everyone, and instead, focus on what truly matters to you and your family. Cultivate a mindset of presence, gratitude, and self-compassion, recognizing that motherhood is a journey filled with ups and downs, and it’s okay to embrace imperfection along the way. By changing your mindset, you lay the foundation for a more fulfilling and meaningful parenting experience, grounded in intentionality and mindfulness.

Here are five mindset mantras to help with this mindset shift:

  1. I embrace imperfection: Repeat this mantra to remind yourself that perfection is not the goal. Embrace the messiness of motherhood and recognize that it’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them.
  2. I am enough: Affirm this mantra to remind yourself that you are worthy and capable just as you are. Let go of comparison and self-doubt, and trust in your abilities as a mother.
  3. I prioritize presence: Repeat this mantra to center yourself in the present moment and cultivate mindfulness in your interactions with your child. Focus on being fully present and engaged, rather than distracted or preoccupied.
  4. I trust my intuition: Affirm this mantra to tap into your inner wisdom and trust your instincts as a mother. Let go of external validation and listen to the guidance that arises from within.
  5. I choose joy: Repeat this mantra to shift your focus towards gratitude and positivity. Choose to find joy in the simple moments and celebrate the beauty of everyday life with your child.


2. Practice 10 minutes of silence every day.

Sit in 10 minutes of silence every day to help you train your body to get accustomed to feeling slow and calm. If busy is your drug of choice, stillness will feel stressful. It’s OKAY if this is you right now! It’s not “doomsday” it’s just where your growth is. Allow the discomfort knowing it will get easier. Sitting in silence teaches your body that you are safe to let go of all the doing and just be. You are a human BEing not a human DOing. This will help you remember that and the ripple effect will surely be felt in your parenting.

3. Feel slowness in your body and welcome it.

Feeling slowness in your body and welcoming it is an essential aspect of embracing slow and intentional motherhood. In a world that often glorifies busyness and productivity, it can be challenging to slow down and fully inhabit each moment. However, by tuning into the sensations of your body and allowing yourself to experience slowness, you can cultivate a deeper sense of presence and connection with yourself and your child. Notice the pace of your breath, the sensations in your muscles, and the rhythm of your movements. Embrace the gentle unfolding of time and allow yourself to savor the richness of each moment. By welcoming slowness into your life, you create space for reflection, gratitude, and joy, enriching your experience of motherhood.

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4. Plan through your values.

Planning through your values is a cornerstone of slow and intentional motherhood. Rather than simply reacting to the demands of the day, take a moment to pause and align your actions with your deepest values. Reflect on what matters most to you as a mother and as a person. What kind of environment do you want to create for your child? What principles do you want to instill in them? By planning through your values, you ensure that your actions are intentional and purposeful, guiding you towards a more meaningful and fulfilling parenting journey. Let your values be your compass as you navigate the ups and downs of motherhood, and trust that by living in alignment with what truly matters to you, you can create a nurturing and supportive environment for both yourself and your child.

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5. Make it personal.

Making slow and intentional motherhood personal involves regularly evaluating what’s working, what’s not, and what to try next within the context of your own family dynamics. Each family is unique, with its own values, priorities, and challenges. Take time to reflect on your experiences as a mother and observe what aspects of your parenting approach are yielding positive results and which ones may need adjustment. Be honest with yourself about what’s not working and consider why that might be the case. Are there areas where you’re feeling overwhelmed or out of alignment with your values? Once you’ve identified areas for improvement, brainstorm new strategies or approaches to try. Experiment with different techniques, routines, or activities that better support your vision of slow and intentional motherhood. Remember that it’s okay to make changes along the way and that this journey is about continuous growth and learning as both a mother and a person.

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A Final Note

Embracing slow and intentional motherhood is a journey that begins with a shift in mindset and unfolds through mindful practices and intentional choices. By prioritizing presence, embracing silence, and planning through your values, you can cultivate a deeper connection with yourself and your child, fostering a nurturing and supportive environment for growth and development. Remember that this journey is unique to you and your family, and it’s okay to experiment, make mistakes, and course-correct along the way. By staying true to your values and continually striving to align your actions with what matters most, you can create a more fulfilling and meaningful experience of motherhood for yourself and your child.