How to find time for yourself as a parent

August 05
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When, as a parent, do you find time for yourself?

2 Answers:

punch17 avatar

Schedule it! If you do not prioritize it and schedule it, then the time will quickly slip away from you. See if a family member or friend will babysit at a set time once a week or even once every two weeks. If money is a factor, try bartering. Say you will babysit for them for an evening if they do the same. Or cook them a meal in return, something like that – as long as it benefits both parties equally. 

cartwheel avatar

No time is ever too small. Even if it is an hour to do something you love or pamper yourself, take it! 

Also, remember that you do not need to say "Yes" to every volunteer opportunity, play date, etc. Overscheduling ourselves is so easy to do as a parent, and our plates are full enough as it is. Then we do not have enough time to do the things we need to do, let alone the things we want to do, either. 

Remember that the more time you're able to take for yourself to recharge and rest means that you're going to be able to be there even more for your kids. We can't pour from an empty cup!

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