No, Really, It’s Ok to Take Care of Yourself: A Mom and Dad’s Guide to Self-Care once School Starts

Heaving a sigh of relief, you have finally kissed your little ones goodbye and watched them walk into the classroom for the first day of school. Then you get home, or back to work, and you find your head spinning. “How did they get this big that fast?” “Is it just me, or does everything seem just a little bit quieter?” You are a whirlwind of emotion, and that’s ok. Now that the kids have gone back to school, it is time that you also take some time for yourself.

Self-Care is Good Parenting.

The narrative that often defines good parenting is one of sacrifice. Being selfless is held up on an often unachievable pedestal. Despite this, the reality is that taking care of yourself teaches your children by example. If you make your own health and happiness a priority, they will learn to emulate your good work.

Get Back to Your Fun Side.

As school gets back in session, take these few precious moments of free time to get back to your fun side. Call up old friends, take an exercise class, learn pottery, or get involved with volunteering for a charity or your church. Before soccer, ballet, and all of the other activities start up, make sure you schedule some quality “you” time to help you get through the busy weeks ahead. Not only will you avoid burning out, your happiness will radiate throughout the whole family.

Take Care of Your Health.

We all want the best for our kids, so you also want to make sure you are giving them the best parents. Now that the kids have gone back to school, make sure you focus on you own mental and physical health. That way you will be in the best possible state to handle any challenges your kids throw at you.

Stop putting off that physical. Take a look at drinking one less soda, and, of course, consider scheduling a counseling session. Counseling is a great way to learn the most about yourself and how you can grow. Make an appointment today so you can give your family one of greatest gifts of all – a healthier, happier you!