since you’re living with kids, you know that self-care can be a challenge. but it's important to find some time each day for yourself, even if it's just 10 minutes. in this guide, we'll look at several ways to practice self-care with children in the house and show you how to make those practices an important part of your routine.
your kids don't have to know about all of your self-care practices, but it's important to show them some of them in action.
you don’t have to tell them everything, though. you can just show them some of your self-care practices (even if they aren’t aware that they are practicing self-care).
for example, if your kids are old enough to handle it, let them know what you are using on your skin or hair and why—this way they will learn how important it is to care for these parts of their bodies.
you could also make sure that there is always some food available in the house so that the whole family eats together as often as possible—just like we like to do at our house! this helps create more connection between everyone and encourages healthy eating habits for all involved.
self-care is a great way to model health and wellness for your kids.
kids learn by example. if you're always telling your kids that they aren't eating enough vegetables, but then you don't eat any yourself, they won't take it seriously. in the same way, if you show a lack of self-care regularly and make excuses for why you can't get it together (I'm too busy!) then they'll start to accept that this is normal behavior for adults.
they won't be able to see past the idea that "grown-ups" are always busy or tired or stressed out and therefore not in the mood for anything fun or recreational—and neither should your kids!
if you want your kids to learn about healthy living habits at an early age, then it's up to you as their parent(s) or guardian(s) to set an example of good habits by modeling them yourself—and doing so in a positive light! when teaching them about how important health is during their childhood years, try not only pointing out what foods are healthy and unhealthy (or simply stating facts such as "carrots are good" versus "candy isn't"), but also how these foods taste when prepared correctly—and explain why it's important they eat well-prepared meals instead of junk food every time they ask why we have them around our house all day long!
sharing some self-care practices with your children can help you connect.
you can also share some of your self-care practices with your children. for example, if you like to meditate, explain how it helps you feel more peaceful or relaxed. talk about how it makes you feel when you do it, what happens in your mind and body. if they want to join in a meditation session with you, great! the more comfortable they are with the concept of self-care and its benefits for everyone in the family, the easier it will be for them to accept this idea as part of their lives.
it's really important to show your children that self-care is a priority.
children, like all human beings, are a reflection of the things they see and hear. if you're constantly telling yourself that you're not worth taking care of, your child will pick up on this. the same is true for showing love to others.
on the flip side, if you show them that self-care is important to you, then it will become valuable to them as well! children must learn how important it is for them to take care of themselves so that they can better experience life as an adult in control of their life journey instead of being a victim of circumstance or dependent on other people for happiness and fulfillment.
don't forget to do things just because they make you happy.
this is one of the most important self-care habits to get into if you have kids since it's easy to get caught up in the flow of a busy life and lose sight of what makes us feel good.
if it's been a while since you've indulged in something purely for fun, this could be a great time to start again!
it doesn't matter if it isn't healthy or productive—if something makes your heart sing, go ahead and do it!
you can find a lot of joy in taking care of yourself.
when you commit to practicing self-care, you're teaching your children that taking care of yourself is important. when your kids see that you treat yourself with respect and compassion, they will learn to do the same.
- have an evening ritual: read together before bedtime.
you don’t have to be perfect, and your kids won’t expect you to be. they just want to see how much you care about yourself—and that caring can help them learn how important it is to take good care of themselves too.
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