Doorbell Camera Captures Authentic Moment of Conscious Parenting
Destiny Bennett had tried everything.
Her 5-year-old son Cash was angry after an argument with his older brother involving Legos, she told Today. The family had a specific rule for Lego sharing in place, but Cash didn’t feel up to following the rule that day.
He didn’t want to let it go.
Bennett, a 29-year-old mother of three (3, 5 and 8) who is fully immersed in conscious parenting, deployed various calming techniques to soothe her young child. Nothing was working, putting Bennett on the brink of tears herself.
She decided to go for a walk, and on their way out of their home in Las Vegas, Nevada, the family’s doorbell camera captured a moment of authenticity that went viral with more than 5.3 million views on TikTok.
“I can see how angry you are, and I want you to feel better,” Bennett said in the minute-long exchange with her son. “I want you to love you enough to see how angry you are and want to feel better, K? Sometimes feeling better is getting the things that we want, but sometimes we can’t get the things we want, and it’s OK to be angry, but then we have to be able to let it go and understand that we’re not gonna get it, and we have to find another way to make our body feel better.”
She tells Cash how much she loves him before bringing him in for a hug.
Bennett, who’s used to fielding questions about her parenting style, also wanted to let others know she’s not perfect, either.
She told Today that parents may commend her on her patience, but “I still have my moments when I lose it and I have to come back to my kids and apologize and let them know that I’m having a bad day, too.”
Conscious parenting or gentle parenting places mindfulness and self-reflection at the center in order to guide parents. Bennett, the author of Revised Not Repeated: A Brown Mom’s Guide to Breaking Generational Curses in Parenting, did not grow up with this style of parenting, so she didn’t know how to respond when her children started to act up.
She said it’s hard, but she has immersed herself in the lifestyle and is continuously encouraging others by sharing healthy family and parenting tips.