It has been an unusually dry summer here in the North Country. Every couple days the weather channel forecasts rain, but most of the time it has just passed us by. I keep waiting for the rain to come and haven't been watering my garden because it's going to rain "soon."
But my lettuce is wilted and my tomato plants won't grow without water.
The same can be said about taking care of our needs as parents. It's easy to put off self-care because there are more urgent matters to attend to and it doesn't seem as important as laundry and preparing dinner. But if we don't take care of ourselves, we'll wilt just like my lettuce. It might be such a gradual process that we don't even notice it happening. Slowly, but surely, we're getting too consumed in the mundane and losing our love for life.
What message does this send to our kids? It's more important to constantly care for others than to make sure our own needs are met? Or that moms don't have needs of their own? Either way, it's not a healthy way to view the world.
When we don't take the time to care for ourselves, it's harder to be the patient, loving parents that we want to be. We have shorter fuses and are less likely to want to play blocks or color with our kiddos. We're in survival mode and aren't able to see the joy in life.
So let's take those few minutes to read a magazine or get a pedicure. Call in reinforcements.Take a mental health day. Enjoy the sunshine. Go out for a cappuccino with a friend. Or just catch an episode of Fixer Upper during nap time. Water your garden and everyone will feel better.
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