Once our kids wake up … we can move on with our day and whatever it brings feeling that satisfaction that we began the day building ourselves up and as a result all who cross our path will be all the better for it. … More How Scheduling Morning Self Care Leads to Saner Parenting
I had rage from not having permission to speak my thoughts and heart as a child, rage over my molestation from an uncle, loathing towards being a woman because I saw that much of what I lived through wouldn’t of been a reality had I been born a man. I also became aware of how guilty I felt for just taking up space, actual physical space. I felt wrong just for existing and boy did the people I attract into my life once I left home, reflect that. … More 5 Self Care Gifts That Heal The Mother Wound
as you may have experienced at least once in …a grocery store on any given day, an unhappy child makes for an unhappy situation for everyone…Self care kits can help children become aware of their own needs and be proactive in getting them met in whatever environment they are in. … More How to Create A Self Care Kit for Children
Another idea that can set parents back in their self care is that of it needing to take place away from home for it to count such as through an exercise session at a gym, social time at a restaurant/bar, treatments at a spa or being up to our eyebrows with fun and relaxation when away at a thoroughly planned and much anticipated vacation. Both approaches lean towards a perfectionist view and result in parents not even bothering with treating themselves unless it fits those standards. These beliefs further deprive parents of seeing the abundance that can be done with the pockets of time being offered in their lives right now. … More How A Small Jar Can Lead to Enormous Well Being
I had so much fun making this it felt like a self care treat just putting it together!
This is a great and inexpensive DIY to make for ourselves or a friend, especially those that are new parents. For those of you that are not parents but are needing a fun way to bring variety into your self care, why not play self care roulette with yourself and try out a new idea every day during your allotted self care time? … More How to Make Impromptu Self Care Doable and Fun
“…we as a society have distanced ourselves from the rich process of creating, leaving us hungry for that nameless “thing” that drives us to buy and consume endless varieties of stimulation. When really, if we leaned in towards making this magical suspension of time a regular part of our lives by actively creating things, or at the least fixing or creatively improving what we already have, we’d be more satisfied and need less.” … More 22 Easy Ways to Create With Your Hands for Powerful Self Care
I’ve spoken to parents who have deemed themselves as simply “not creative enough” to explore art. It’s something only their kids do at school under “expert” supervision. As parents we can habitually be more cautious and hesitant when approaching art since by it’s very nature we are invited to go outside the lines. This on top of the fact that in our expert glorifying society, it can be easy to deem it something best done by real artists that have received a degree in it or are paid for it. … More 20 Reasons Why Making Art Is A Powerful Form of Self Care for Parents
In today’s growing knowledge-based economy, creativity, innovation and comprehensive problem solving skills are increasingly needed not just to stay competitive, but employable. Waiting for the adults around you to micromanage your every step to make sure you “Do it right” doesn’t work in the working world. Being self led, resourceful and a fast learner is what’s in demand. The less employers have to instruct and check on you, the more valuable you are. Here is an article in Forbes that outlines the relationship between our schools system mis-preparation and the steady decline of startups in the US. … More How Your Child Being Bored is Great for Building Self Care Skills
Trips to fun places is one of the highlights of summer. That said the packing and preparing, the driving through traffic, the lines, the navigating through packed public spaces, the unpacking when you get home can all be exhausting. Having too many traveling days strung together can overtax you pretty quickly, especially if you’re a sensitive mom like myself. Intentionally spacing out those outside trip days with rest days creates the time to unwind, recharge, connect and process the fun that was had. … More 5 Summer Self Care Tips for Parents That Are Complete Game Changers
I refuse to simply curl up and weather the storm. In the face of all the cruelty that is trumpeted and highlighted to us in the news, I want my life to be a roaring river of all that is good and true.
I intend to be a wellspring of these values for those physically around me and those I reach online. To the best of my capacity, may I enable the flourishing of life in all I do. … More How Choosing to Thrive, Over Simply Surviving, Will Change Our World