As rewarding as parenting is, many of us lose ourselves in the process. We get so focused on our child’s growth and needs that we forget about our own. But it’s critical to remember that parents and children are on parallel learning paths. And for all of us, moving forward is essential.
Establishing your path—and separating your needs from your child’s—will help you better care for your emotional, social and physical health. And the healthier you are, the more valuable your support and guidance will be.
So, then. How can you fit a little more you into your day-to-day?
Start by taking a deep breath.
Pause. Set aside a little time to clear your head and gather your thoughts.
Reflect. What are your needs? What do you want to learn next? What do you need to do to keep you and your child moving in the right direction? Answering these questions will help you gain clarity.
Connect. Strong, supportive connections with others are critical to your health. Use them to feed your soul and keep yourself moving forward.
With every step you take down your learning path, you’ll become a healthier person and a happier, more effective parent.
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