Practical Parenting: M is for

M-is-for-MommyThe other day I was at Home Affairs to collect a document and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many Dad’s with their wives/partners and babies registering the birth of their newborn. This was certainly a new sight for my eyes from a few years ago. So often Mommy’s I meet, feel like they are doing all the parenting alone. When this is the case, burn out is never very far away – so this M is about reminding Mom’s to take some time out for self! To be the best Mommy you can be, you need to organize a bit of “ ME- time”.

What is that I hear you cry out?

So when did you last pick up a book or a magazine, or watch a movie of your choice? Listened to your kind of music which feeds your soul? Or incorporated a little bit of down time with your friends or a sister which does not involve children? Perhaps you wish to incorporate some fitness aspect into your week. Take a moment to ponder what would revitalize you?

Write down whatever comes into your mind. Then score each item out of ten to see how much you would be energized by each one. Then select either the easiest to implement and make an appointment with yourself to do it asap! That could be as easy as going to bed 15 minutes earlier with your favourite book, or using your lunch break to take a walk in the nearby park, or meet a friend for lunch at work. See if you can implement something daily and a new regular weekly slot just for you! Note the change in your energy levels, when you have taken some time for yourself and also ask your children and partner for some feedback if they have not volunteered it already…

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About parentcoachsa

Steph has over 30 year's experience working with families to design child care solutions and supporting parents to be the best parents they can be. In addition she has worked with corporates to find work-life balance solutions for their staff. As a practitioner I have become increasingly aware that work-life balance has become a critical issue, particularly in an age in which the demands of work are often at odds with home and family life. I am passionate about family life, it is the catalyst for every other relationship we have - in every other area of life, we expect to study, get a qualification, try something on appro , we want to feel in control - however it is the one area of life, that none of the above applies - Babies do not arrive with a parenting manual! It is my privilege as a Parent and Life Coach, to partner with you as you take hold of the challenges you are facing in your family, in your life and work with you , supporting you to achieve the decisions and outcomes you are choosing for your family and for your life. It is my job, to keep you on track, to cheer you on, when the "going gets tough". Through coaching, understanding of yourself and your child, and his or her phase of development will enable you to consciously develop a parenting style that will benefit you and your family.
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