As parents, we have so many things on our minds—“Why isn’t my baby sleeping though the night anymore?” “Does my toddler eat a well-balanced diet?” “Will my preschooler be well liked by her classmates?” “Have I provided my kindergartener with the tools to succeed in school?”—the list goes on and on. It can be exhausting to plan and prepare for our young children’s day, week, life… You may think that enjoying a little “me time” takes away from your child—but it’s really quite the opposite! Relieving stress is an important part of staying healthy. To maintain sanity, make it a priority to schedule some “me time” in the busy to-do list that is the modern parent’s day-to-day life. Whether it is just a few minutes to yourself or a weekend getaway, “me time” can help us to “re-center” ourselves.
Plan time before or after work to spend with your children so you don’t feel like you are missing the details. Ease up on the idea of keeping the house clean 24/7. Your children won’t remember if the house was always sparkling clean or not, but they will remember the quality of the time they spent with you. Maximize your lunch breaks: go on a quick walk to boost your energy levels and be sure to pack healthful snacks. Don’t feel bad about leaving the office as soon as your workday officially ends–parenthood has taught you to be decidedly efficient, and to get more accomplished in less time. And, be sure to get as much sleep as possible–no matter how prepared and organized you are, balancing a career while maintaining a productive household can be exhausting!
After all of the planning, organizing and hard work it takes to create a happy and healthy work-life balance, treat yourself! Plan that rewarding lunchtime mani/pedi, a happy hour with your BFF or schedule some Saturday morning cuddle time with the little ones. You deserve it, and it will help reenergize you so you can do it all again next week.
Feeling the time crunch? Try these quick (but still refreshing) tips:
- Exercise. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and manage your energy levels. A little goes a long way! Have your spouse watch the kiddies and go for a quick solo walk around the block.
- Meditation. Close your eyes and breathe deep. Focus on how each breath flows in and out of your abdomen for one minute, or until you feel more relaxed.
- Phone a friend. Take a few minutes to call that friend whose emails you haven’t had time to reply to. A brief conversation with another grown-up can help regain perspective. Plan in advance to focus on any “non-child-related” topic.
In order to help parents fit a little “me time” into their hectic schedules, The Goddard School’s located in Marshallton and Exton, Pennsylvania host regular Parent’s Night Out events for their families. On these evenings, children spend a few hours having fun with their friends at Goddard in the care of the School’s teachers.
To learn more about The Goddard School’s philosophy on fitness and nutrition, or our contextual learning curriculum, please visit our Exton or Marshallton locations on the web or call to speak directly with our on-site owners:
Click here for The Goddard School located in Exton, or call on-site owners Melissa Capodanno or Wendy Cohen – 610-363-6698
Click here for The Goddard School located in Marshallton, or call on-site owners Wendy and Richie Cohen – 610-431-1330
*Disclosure: This post is one in a series of sponsored posts by The Goddard Schools