How Self-Care Can Make You a Better Parent
Parents Need Self-Care Too
Think of the last time you were getting in the car with your child. You helped your little one climb into the car seat and then carefully buckled them in—that is unless your child has hit the “I can do it myself” phase. If that’s the case, then you just checked to make sure they were buckled in and probably had to pretend you were doing something else when you fixed their seatbelt. You wanted to make sure that the seatbelt was firmly fastened, keeping your child safe from anything that might happen as you drive.
When you stop to think about it, you’re like that seatbelt in a lot of situations: you’re always there to keep your child safe. Think of all of the things you do to protect your child. You hold hands in the parking lot, you try to prevent scraped knees, you watch for risk factors that could lead to sexual abuse.
Sometimes it might feel overwhelming to keep your kid safe. Being a parent is hard work. You might have moments when you wonder how you’re going to help with everything you need to. The reality is that you’re probably doing a great job, and with all of the effort you make to take care of your child, it’s important for you to take care of yourself, too. Think of self-care as an opportunity to recharge your own batteries so that you can be there for your child. Here are some things you can do to make sure you watch out for yourself.
Pick and choose what you commit to.
Give yourself a place to reflect.
Acknowledge your needs.
Be Good to Yourself
Joelle Casteix, an expert on preventing child sexual abuse, says, “Being a parent is hard. Being a good parent is a difficult and evolving process. Being a perfect parent is impossible. No one expects you to be perfect.”1 Give yourself credit for all of the amazing things you do every day to keep your child safe, and don’t be afraid to watch out for yourself, too.
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