Self-Care for Parents: Tips for Staying Sane When You Have Kids

Self-Care for Parents: Tips for Staying Sane When You Have Kids

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Staying Sane When You Have Kids: A Guide For Parents

It’s a cliché, for sure, but you never really get how difficult being a parent is until you become one yourself. Once you have children, your life is no longer yours. All of a sudden, every decision and action you make should be made with your family at the forefront of your mind. It’s a huge responsibility, but it comes with unmatchable joy.

With that being said, part of being a good parent is taking care of yourself. If you don’t do what you need to do in order to maintain optimal physical and mental health, you can’t be your best for your kids. Self-care isn’t selfish — it’s necessary, and taking the time to do those things that preserve your well-being is an essential part of setting a good example for children.

Go Ahead and Outsource

Being a parent means juggling a million things at once. Instead of breaking your back trying to get every little chore done, give yourself permission to outsource tasks every now and again. For instance, if the home is getting grimy and you barely have a moment to breathe, consider hiring a housekeeping service so you can come home to a clean and healthy abode. A lot of parents avoid outsourcing things because they’re afraid they can’t make it work with their budget. However, many of these services can be surprisingly affordable — most homeowners only spend somewhere between $100 and $200 for a routine house cleaning. And when it comes to your sanity, can you really put a price on it?

Make Time for Fun

Having fun with your children is an essential part of bonding with them. While you can fit family fun into just about anything, it’s also important to block off time specifically to let loose with your children. If you have more than one child, try to block off one afternoon or evening a month where you can have one-on-one fun time with each kid. As imperative as it is for everybody to bond as a unit, scheduling solo time for each child will show them that you respect their individuality, which is very supportive of their self-esteem.

Of course, you don’t have to break the bank to have fun with your children. Rather, it’s important to show them a good time in a thrifty manner so they don’t make false connections between materialism and affection. Find some fun activities that support their interests, such as taking your future thespian to a local play at the theater or hoofing it to the park with the little athlete in your life to shoot some hoops or simply enjoy the outdoors.

Give Yourself Some Space

Alone time is important, even for parents. While personal space may seem like something you’ll only find in science fiction, it’s important to set up an area in the home that is for you and you alone. This can be an office, a meditation space, or a man/woman cave — whatever you can make with your space and budget works. Whenever you are in your personal space, make sure your children know they are not to disturb you unless it is a real emergency. Even just the existence of such a boundary can help parents feel more in control of their environment.

When talking with your children about restricted access to the area, it may help if you explain to them that their room serves the same function. Most children will embrace their own space and the alone time that comes with it without a problem. Knowing that they should spend time by themselves helps foster independence and creativity in children.

Parenting comes with its ups and downs, but even in the most difficult times, it’s important to care for yourself. Practicing self-care ensures that you are at your best so you can care for your family while simultaneously setting a good example for children. From outsourcing household chores to setting boundaries with a space of your own, these seemingly small acts can make a big impact regarding the welfare of your family.

 

Written by Author:

Brad Krause of SelfCaring

Bio:

Hi! I’m Brad, and I welcome you to SelfCaring! It is my goal to help you be the best you that you can be.

After spending far too long neglecting my own self-care, I became a full-time life coach. I spend just about every waking hour helping people find ways to put their wellness above all else. I hope SelfCaring will help you do the same!

Please feel free to look around this site for tips and inspiration on how you can make self-care a priority. And if there is anything I can do to help you personally, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

 

 

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Self-Care for Parents: Tips for Staying Sane When You Have Kids
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It’s a cliché, for sure, but you never really get how difficult being a parent is until you become one yourself. Once you have children, your life is no longer yours. All of a sudden, every decision and action you make should be made with your family at the forefront of your mind. It’s a huge responsibility, but it comes with unmatchable joy.
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