"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings."
Self-Care for Parents and Kids
Why is Self-Care Important?
Self-care is important for all people, young and old. In order to maintain balance in one's life, it is necessary to include positive, nurturing activities into our daily routines. We are often consumed with the worries of life's stressors and responsibilities and we must balance these negative issues with self-care activities.
We are our children's best role models. It is important to take care of ourselves and encourage this in our children. One of the best ways to keep our children happy is be happy ourselves.
For parents in early recovery, self-care can be the key to avoiding relapse and staying healthy. It is a vital aspect of the recovery journey and cannot be overlooked and minimized without risking a great deal.
For non-addicted parents, the stressors stemming from work, parenting, and living/dealing with an addict can be quite overwhelming. Despite efforts to compartmentalize, these stressors begin to have a negative impact on other, usually more pleasant, life events. Clearly, self-care is important to all adults!
The natural state of children is to be carefree and joyful. However, children are often overwhelmed with very grown-up issues that they are not prepared to handle (i.e. divorce, domestic violence, addiction, financial strain, etc.). It is important that children learn self-care behaviors and the importance of these rituals as they get older.
Activities to do as a family
-Blow bubbles and try to catch them
-Dance and sing