Have you ever heard the airplane illustration? It’s said that before a flight passengers at one time were instructed on what to do if the plane experienced major turbulence or started to decline due to a loss of control. When the airbag comes down parents were instructed to place the airbag over themselves first, and then place one over their child. Before this instruction went into affect many parents were harmed or worse because they were frantically trying to tend to their child first and loss too much oxygen before tending to themselves. A parent must first place the airbag on and then it will be easier to take care of the nearby minor.

As loving parents we naturally want the best for our children. We want to give them better then what we had, and would die for the survival and well-being of our child. However, when we allow life to beat on us and we don’t tend to ourselves to the proper degree we are doing a dis-service to our children. They are left with the scraps of attention, child-rearing, and discipline that we can only give. Instead of having an energized, focused parent, they are left with the loving, tired, and cranky parent. We can provide for our children better when we take time to tend to ourselves. Our children will thrive at a greater level because we as parents are thriving and healthy. We are bringing a positive example to our children. The environment that they are being reared in is energized and they are well balanced because they are being cared for by a healthy balanced parent.

At times its as if we as parents feel guilty. When we pick up something for ourselves at Macy’s or Kohl’s it seems like immediately we can think of something one of our children needs more in that moment. So, what do we do? Put the item down and go the children’s section instead. When we continue to give, and give, and give, without filling ourselves back up with care and concern, we eventually run out of steam and the wear on our bodies shows itself through extreme fatigue or the manifestation of health problems. One thing that Forbes.com recommends is a healthy work life balance. “Contrary to common belief, workaholism is not a virtue. Overwork, and the accompanying stress and exhaustion can make you less productive, disorganized and emotionally depleted. It can also lead to all sorts of health problems, from anxiety and depression to insomnia and heart diseases. Professional self-care habits like taking intermittent breaks, setting professional boundaries, avoiding overextending, etc. ensures that you stay sharp, motivated and healthy.” This is especially true for today’s moms. Happy, healthy, balanced children come from happy, healthy balanced parents.

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