There’s never a dull moment in the house when you’re a parent. You often work on your kids’ schedule—driving them to and from soccer practice, baking desserts for their school bake sales, and doing chores around the house.
There’s so much to do that by the time you look up at the clock on your coffeemaker, it’s time to pick the kids up from school, or it’s time for bed. Where did the day go? If you need some self care as a parent, here are tips for making time for yourself.
Dedicate Time To Yourself in the Morning and at Night
Between the morning and evening, you’ll work on your to-do list and start your list for the next day. While staying on top of things is good, you’re not giving yourself time during the day or evening to breathe and be on your own.
So, dedicate at least five minutes to yourself in the morning or evening. Don’t dedicate any less—you deserve it! In the morning, spend some time listening to a podcast. In the evening, pamper yourself and write in a gratitude journal. These small things help you build personalized rituals to do every night before bed and every morning when you wake up.
Don’t Forget To Enforce Bedtime
While bedtime should vary by age, it shouldn’t interfere with your alone time. After the kids put their pajamas on and brush their teeth, send them to bed at the same time each night, and stick to the routine.
Depending on the child’s age, they may not fall asleep right away, so send them off with a book or something that will help them fall asleep. After that, dedicate 30 minutes to yourself before going to bed.
Set Boundaries, and Don’t Be Afraid To Say No
Young children don’t know what boundaries are, so you’ll need to teach them. This is especially important when getting your kids to play independently. It’s essential to encourage independent play in children as it teaches them to find their favorite toys and learn to play without you.
It’s okay to say no to your child. It may be hard, but it helps establish a healthier bond with your children. As you discuss boundaries, children not only learn to respect one another’s space, but you’ll also learn to value time to yourself.
It can be hard to find time to yourself, especially with a busy schedule. Every parent needs ways to relax by themselves. If you need a nudge, use these tips for giving yourself alone time as a parent.