Self-care tips for parents during the pandemic

In her new book, “How to Have a Kid and a Life,” parenting expert Ericka Souter challenges parents to focus on their marriage or partnership, friendships and passions held before kids.
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download," parenting's a 24/7 job, we know that, so where does that leave time for yourself? Hard to carve out a few minutes for self-care, but it's important and joining us with some advice on this, parenting expert Ericka souter, good morning to you. We all want to be good parents, sometimes that means taking time to put yourself first, how do we do that? I don't know one parent who's not burned out right now, so it's especially important for them to take care of their mental and emotional health. As studies show us, happier parents and less stressed out parents have happier children. So how do we prioritize ourselves in the big picture here and how everything works in the house. Well, one thing that I encourage in my book is just sit down, take a couple of minutes and ask yourself a few questions like, am I nurturing my relationship or my partnership? Do I have supportive friends to turn to when I just need some downtime? And am I nurturing those passions and interests I had before I had children? It will be different for every parent. You need to ask yourselves these questions 37. How do we put a plan into action? Now this is the hard part, you have to be really intentional about making time for yourself. Now, a lot of parents will find that they have their free time once their kids are in bed, they use that time to do chores, do laundry. No, put that to the side for half-hour, an hour if you can spare it, and do something like meditate. Or take an online workout class, working out is a great stress reliever, or do a video call with friends and family. That's something that I love to do several times a week. It can be sanity saving and not as serious as discussing current events. You can break down the craziness of the bachelor. It can be a fun conversation. And you also might trying to read something for fun, not to work, don't read the news, something that gives you pleasure, and if you have the bandwidth join the book club. Great tips. Ericka, thank you so much as always.

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