It may seem selfish to want to take a day off from parenting. Lindsey Roberts, however, begs to differ in an article from the Washington Post.
“Self-care is not selfish; it’s one of the best things you can do for your kids.” she says.
What exactly does parenting self-care mean, and how can parents make it a part of their routine?
Roberts describes self-care as taking time off, either with your spouse or alone, to do things that leave you feeling rested, rejuvenated and ready to go back to the important job of parenting.
She suggests making it a part of your family routine by utilizing baby-sitters, family members, or taking a vacation day at work while kids are in school to enjoy yourself.
“I told my husband I was going to start taking one day off a month from being a full-time stay-at-home, part-time work-at-home mom. For my first day off, I drove an hour away, with a new CD blasting, to explore a new town and do a little shopping.”
How do you take care of yourself so you can take care of your family? However you do it, consider making it a part of your regular routine and see the impact it has on your entire family.
Read the full article from Lindsey Roberts here at the Washington Post.
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