45 Self-Care Practices for Busy Parents

45 Self-Care Practices for Busy Parents

Do you have those friends who read three books a week, do yoga before work, take long evening walks with their partner, and can't stop talking about how great meditation is for your mental health? Yes, me too...and they don't have children.

As a mother of a 5 year old and a toddler, I have this conversation with my friends a lot. Yes, I should be practicing self-care...but when on earth would I? We all KNOW as parents how important it is to take care of ourselves. When we can stay connected to our own well-being, it overflows onto our children and we're more patient, loving, joyful parents. However, knowing and doing are completely different things.

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What Makes You Happy?

What Makes You Happy?

It's the million-dollar question, isn't it? As adults, this question is loaded with additional questions about what true happiness is, fulfillment, success, love, and multiple other connections and connotations that make us generally unable to answer in one simple thought, phrase, or word.

As I reflected on this thought recently, I was brought back to a memory of my son when he was two. One day, when he was in a particularly talkative mood, I was working diligently to engage him in any conversation I could.  Because really, what is cuter than a two-year-old having a matter-of-fact conversation with an adult? Little did I know that my effort to engage my son, would truly engage me, and bring a perspective that I wouldn't have ever imagined.

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Parenting and the Constant Practice of Letting Go

Parenting and the Constant Practice of Letting Go

Today I watched my five-year-old son run down the street to play with the neighbor kids. I let him go, as I saw the light in his eyes when the neighbor girl knocked on the door and asked him to play. He was so excited. How could I refuse? I followed him, sitting halfway down the block between where they were playing and our house so he could play, but I could still see him.

The two neighbor children are both seven. They rode scooters and bikes. Then they moved to basketball, and then to driveway hockey. As I watched them play, I listened to their conversations. I could hear some sweet and playful discussion, some negotiation about the rules of driveway hockey, and also some talking down to my son from the older kids. 

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The Miracle of You is Overwhelming

The Miracle of You is Overwhelming

It has been a long winter. Living in a place that usually has four seasons, I always know winter is coming, and I am usually (moderately ) prepared. At our house, it generally means four months of less time outside and way too much TV. As my son has grown older we would adventure outside no matter what the weather, but this year with a little sister in tow, that has been much harder. This year we also had a lot of snow that stayed for a LONG time...and that meant too much inside time, too much TV, and a lot of crazy for all of us.

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