Thursday, February 3, 2011

Parenting Quick Challenge: Focus on You

Monday's post asked 'Who takes care of YOU?' If your answer was 'I don't know' or 'No one really,' then it has to be YOU who takes care of you! Today's Parenting Quick Challenge is a repost because I think it's so important to take time out for yourself. It makes you a better you and it makes you a better parent.

Today's challenge has two parts:

1. Take some 'me' time, even if it's just 10 minutes. Resist the urge to empty the dishwasher, fold the laundry, or take out the trash. Instead, make yourself a cup of hot tea, soak 10 minutes longer in the shower, or send an email to an old friend. It will recharge you and you'll feel energized.

2. Tell you children something about you. Tell your very young children your favorite color or food; tell your older children how you deal with happiness or frustration- but make it about you. Children learn through actions and sharing something unique to you will help them learn that every person is different. 

Okay, you know the next part. Tell me about it! What did you share? What were your children's reactions?


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