Children’s Museum of Richmond
“Who Me? Have time for myself?? That’s impossible!”
Making time for yourself is critical to being a good parent. Here’s 5 reasons why:
“Kids need to learn that they can self-soothe in the parent's absence. They actually benefit from not having their parents constantly tethered to them." - Dr. Bryce Kaye, relationship expert
“We cannot give what we don’t have.” Judith Graham, University of Maine. Taking time out for ourselves should not be seen as an indulgence or a guilty pleasure, but an essential element of our general health and wellbeing. We can’t show our children how to care for themselves, if we don’t do it ourselves.
Reason # 3
You’ll be more patient with your kids, and yell less. Part of what you need in your life is some time in your head - time to think, to plan, to dream. Parents who tend to their own personal needs, tend to be more patient and loving with their children.
Reason # 4
A little guilt is better than a lot of anger, if you never have time for yourself. Think about it – do you resent being a parent sometimes? Yes, everyone does from time to time. But if you are spending more of your time being resentful, than not, it’s time for a break.
Reason # 5
Parenting is a marathon, not a sprint. You need to keep reserves of energy and stamina, so you’ll be around for the long haul. Don’t burn out now – your kids need you for the next 20 years, and beyond!
Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
Make time for yourself today – Your kids will thank you later!