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Feel Good So You Can Be There For Your Child: A Parent’s Guide to Self-Care

Jese Leos
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Being a parent is a beautiful, rewarding journey filled with love, joy, and unforgettable moments. However, it can also be incredibly demanding and overwhelming at times. As parents, we often prioritize our children's needs above our own, neglecting our well-being in the process. Yet, taking care of ourselves is crucial to our ability to be fully present and supportive for our children.

In this article, we'll explore the importance of self-care for parents and provide practical tips on how to feel good so you can be there for your child. Let's dive in!

Why Self-Care Matters

When you prioritize self-care as a parent, you are not being selfish; you are ensuring that you have the mental, emotional, and physical resources to provide your child with the love and support they need. Here are some key reasons why self-care matters:

Taking Care of the Special Needs Mom: Feel Good So You Can Be There For Your Child
Taking Care of the Special Needs Mom: Feel Good So You Can Be There For Your Child
by Kathy Milburn(Kindle Edition)

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Language : English
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Screen Reader : Supported
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1. Mental Health and Emotional Well-being:

Parenthood can be emotionally challenging and mentally draining. Taking time for yourself can help reduce stress, anxiety, and feelings of overwhelm. It allows you to recharge, refocus, and maintain a positive mindset, enabling you to better handle the ups and downs of parenting.

2. Physical Health:

Being in good physical health is crucial for keeping up with the demands of parenting. Engaging in regular exercise, eating healthy meals, and getting enough sleep are all essential components of self-care. When you're physically well, you'll have more energy and vitality to be actively present in your child's life.

3. Role Model Behavior:

Children learn by observing their parents' actions. When you prioritize self-care and make it a regular part of your routine, you are teaching your child the importance of looking after themselves. By modeling healthy habits, you are setting your child up for a lifetime of self-care and well-being.

Practical Self-Care Tips for Parents

Now that we understand why self-care is important, let's explore some practical tips to help you feel good and be there for your child:

1. Schedule "Me Time":

Make self-care a non-negotiable part of your daily or weekly routine. Block out specific time slots for activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Whether it's reading a book, taking a bubble bath, or going for a walk in nature, dedicate time to rejuvenate and focus on yourself.

2. Ask for Help:

Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for assistance. Whether it's getting a babysitter for a few hours or asking a family member to lend a hand, having someone you trust care for your child gives you precious time to care for yourself.

3. Prioritize Sleep:

Parenting often involves sleepless nights, but it's important to prioritize sleep whenever possible. Lack of sleep can negatively impact your mood, energy levels, and overall well-being. Establish a bedtime routine for your child and yourself, ensuring you both get enough restful sleep.

4. Engage in Physical Activity:

Exercise is essential for both physical and mental well-being. Find an activity you enjoy, whether it's yoga, jogging, or dancing, and incorporate it into your routine. Better yet, involve your child in the activity, turning exercise time into quality bonding time.

5. Nurture Social Connections:

Parenting can sometimes feel isolating. Maintain a strong support network by nurturing your friendships and seeking adult social interactions. Join parenting groups or attend local events where you can connect with other parents. Sharing experiences and concerns with others can be incredibly beneficial.

6. Practice Mindfulness:

Take moments throughout the day to be fully present. Whether it's through meditation, deep breathing exercises, or simply focusing on the present moment, mindfulness can help reduce stress and improve your overall sense of well-being.

7. Eat Nutritious Meals:

As a busy parent, it's easy to prioritize convenience over nutritional value when it comes to meals. However, nourishing your body with healthy, balanced meals is essential for your well-being. Plan and prepare meals in advance, ensuring you have nutritious options readily available.

Remember, taking care of yourself is not a luxury but a necessity. By prioritizing self-care, you are equipping yourself with the tools to be the best parent possible. Your child deserves a happy, healthy, and present caregiver, and that starts with you.

So, go ahead and make self-care a priority in your life. Schedule "me time," ask for help when needed, prioritize sleep and physical activity, nurture social connections, practice mindfulness, and fuel your body with nutritious meals. Only when you feel good can you truly be there for your child.

Taking Care of the Special Needs Mom: Feel Good So You Can Be There For Your Child
Taking Care of the Special Needs Mom: Feel Good So You Can Be There For Your Child
by Kathy Milburn(Kindle Edition)

4.7 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 1418 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 80 pages
Lending : Enabled

Is it even possible to feel good while raising a special needs child?

Raising special needs children is a daunting task, full of questions with no answers. The constant state of high-alert from parenting and caregiving turns most parents into a tight ball of nerves, creating a perfect storm for anxiety and sickness. And with a multitude of unique requirements and idiosyncrasies, just who will care for your complex child if you get sick? You just wish you could get a little relief without feeling as if you are letting your child down. Well, consider your wish granted.

Join author, coach, and special needs parent expert, Kathy Milburn, as she shares what she's learned from navigating her daughter's unknown world of rare disorders and disabilities, which led to health issues of her own.

In Taking Care of the Special Needs Parent, you will:

  • Figure out what keeps you from feeling well
  • Put an end to the stress and sickness
  • Get your health back in a few simple steps
  • Learn how to stay healthy and be a great parent for your special needs child
  • Have the happy, fulfilling life you want for you and your child


After all these years, you deserve to put yourself first so you can be well for yourself and your child. Read
Taking Care of the Special Needs Parent and get back to your best self today.

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