Self-Care

Tips for Parenting In Uncertain Times: Part 1 – Parents Article

Whether you have a 1-month old, 1-year old, or 10-year old, chances are you are currently parenting very differently than you were mere weeks ago before schools were closed, events were cancelled, and you were asked to practice social distancing. Parenting under a pandemic is uncharted territory for pretty much all of us. It’s not like a “snow day,” or “summer break” where you can fill your days with park playdates, trips to the pool, or overnights at Grandma’s. There…

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Self-Care for Children and Young People – Foster Parents Article

Posted on 18th March 2020 by Beth Owen Sometimes, when you’re struggling, it can be hard to know how to look after yourself. You might have had a bad day, or you could be going through a difficult situation. You know you don’t feel as happy, or maybe as full of energy as usual, but you don’t know what to do about it. This is where self-care comes in to things. What is self-care? Self-care is when you actively do…

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Lose The Guilt & Find Yourself Again – Single Mum, Parents Article

Lose the Guilt & Find Yourself Again “Here we go, again!” I thought, as I rolled my eyes and glared at the large pile of clothes hanging on my arm. A million thoughts ran through my mind, as I headed inside the small dressing room. Is this even going to fit? So, what if it does? You’re not going to buy it. The kids will probably need shoes soon. Shouldn’t I spend this money on extra groceries? Won’t Christmas be coming along before…

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7 Self Care Gifts For Moms and Dads – Parents Article

A child is always a gift from the ‘Heaven Above’! But, unlike other gifts, there is a lot that goes into taking care of a child. People just pour gifts for the little bundle, but what about the parents! Apart from a new challenge that they might not be prepared for, they have to go through a gruesome schedule. More than anyone else, parents deserve a warm pat on the back, probably a cozy bed and some good, comforting self-care. …

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New Year, New Parenting Goals – Parents Article

Have you ever stopped to wonder why we make New Year’s resolutions? It turns out that the tradition dates back all the way to the Babylonians, some 4,000 years ago. Of course, they weren’t making resolutions to eat healthier, hit the gym more, or spend less on frivolous coffee drinks. Instead, they were making promises to the Gods in hopes of receiving good fortune in the coming year. Whether your resolutions include eating fewer carbs or building your rainy day…

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It is Okay to Be (a little) Selfish – Single Mum, Parents Article

In all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we can become so preoccupied with completing everything on the checklist that we often forget to take care of one of the most important aspects of the season; often times it is so overlooked that it doesn’t even make the checklist! What is it? Ourselves. It is okay to be a little selfish. In order to be the best possible person for our children, our job, our friends etc. we must…

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Friendships Formed In Group Stayed Stitched Together – Parents Article

To celebrate Parenting Now!’s (formerly known as Birth To Three) recent 40th anniversary, Sue Fleming—along Colleen Biggs, Mardell Eastburn, Sandi Sanders, Nancy Bischof, and Jean Severns—donated 40 handmade baby quilts to Parenting Now!. It’s a tradition the group—made up of many former Birth To Three members—started 15 years ago as a way to stay connected as friends as well as give back to the organization that formed their friendship. Friendships formed When Sue Fleming was contacted 40 years ago about…

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Los padres también sufren de Depresión Postparto – Parents Article

Sabemos que 1 de cada 5 madres sufren sentimientos de tristeza o depresión después de dar a luz a su peque, y que dos tercios de las madres se sienten emocionalmente frágiles o por lo contrario, insensibles, dentro de los primeros 10 días de haber dado a luz. Pero las madres no son las únicas que pueden experimentar cambios en su salud mental después de tener a su peque. Una investigación del Instituto Nacional de la Salud sugiere que alguna…

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How to find time for yourself in the midst of the busy-busy – Single Mum, Parents Article

How do you find time for yourself in the midst of all the busy-busy? It’s all too easy to push time to replenish yourself to the bottom of the pile when you’ve got little humans depending on you. Especially when there’s only you. There’s so much pressure on us to constantly be there for our kids. Constantly on. Constantly paying attention. But as the old saying goes, ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’. I used to feel guilty setting…

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The importance of scheduling downtime – Single Mum, Parents Article

(I first wrote this post in 2017 – but it’s full of such good advice I thought I’d update it!) Once upon a time in a lifetime far, far away I was a certified expert at chilling out. Pre-child I can vaguely recall a time when I could luxuriate in unlimited downtime. Well, unlimited outside of work hours that is. I was an expert at putting rock-solid boundaries between my work and home life. As soon as I left the…

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