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“Quite simply, you need to make time for yourself…”

We couldn’t agree more with foster parent & author John DeGarmio, but like many things it’s a lot easier said than done! See our thoughts on self-care below.PWNL March Newsletter

Parenting is not easy. Parenting a child coming from a traumatic background is certainly not easy and can leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted at the days end. Taking the time daily or at least weekly to do activities that are just for you will help you take on the more challenging days in a better state mentally, emotionally and physically.

Taking time for yourself may feel impossible when you look at your schedule or may make you feel guilty as you’re getting to know your child(ren). However, we cannot stress enough the importance of taking the time to take care of yourself. You cannot be the best for your child(ren) if you are not your best self. This might look like fifteen minutes of quiet doing a favorite hobby when the house is asleep, others might find they want to engage in outside therapy for themselves. We urge all parents to evaluate your self care plan on a regular basis, as often best intentions get pushed to the side in the daily hustle. Dig deep to understand what the best self-care plan would look like for you and make a plan to implement it!

There is no shame in taking time for yourself in the form of picking up the newest novel, connecting with an  therapist, scheduling regular walks or dinners with friends; whatever  it is that you need, it can only strengthen you and your family!

Click here for the March 2016 PWNL Newsletter,