5 Ways To Do Self-Care When You`re With Your Kids

The #1 Resolution of parents everywhere? Be more patient.

No matter what your child does, it`s your response that determines the weather in your home. If you`re finding yourself frequently resentful, depleted or exhausted, if your mind chatter often includes negative thoughts about your child, or if you`re yelling at your child on a regular basis, you may be suffering from what I call SAP Disorder -- Sacrificing yourself on the Altar of Parenthood.

That`s when we forget to give ourselves the loving attention we need. It isn`t good for us to feel deprived. It kills our natural joy. And it isn`t good for our kids, who end up with a resentful, negative, impatient parent. (Guess whether that helps them behave better.)

Does that mean you should tell your child she can forget about getting her needs met, that it`s about time your needs came first? No, of course not. Parenting is about nurturing your child, which means noticing what they need and trying to make sure they get it.

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Kathleen Notes: Parents: self care is NOT a luxury, nor is it optional if you want to be a healthy and engaged parent.



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