Taking Care of Yourself (4-19-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   To take care of yourself so you can take better care of others.

PRACTICE:   Today, think about the times it has been hardest for you to willingly take care of others.

When you have not had enough sleep? When you were sick? When you wanted to be somewhere else or doing something else? When you felt unappreciated? When you thought you were being asked to do too much?

Remember what those feelings were like, so you will recognize them when they happen again.

When you are in that situation again, plan to attack the real problem – get more sleep, treat your illness, take some time to do something else, let others know you need to be appreciated, set limits on how much you can do.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, PHOEBE & DIGGER.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Making Children Feel Safe and Important, Part 1.

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