We want to nurture the highest levels of empathy and compassion in our children and yet we so often fail to model this in our attitudes toward ourselves and our own health.
If we think about it, we often perceive we have no time to spend on our own health.
We do not move our bodies as often as they should be moved and we eat things that do not make us feel well.
We often don’t say positive things about our own body.
Time flies by, and we are so good at getting the children into their doctor, dentist and other health care professional appointments; yet we haven’t been to a doctor or dentist in years.
We are so good at making sure our children relax and rest and go to bed, yet we consistently de-value our own need for rest and relaxation.
Time flies by, and we fail to re-connect with friends or give ourselves time and space for building community.
We fail to let people in on our deepest emotions and trials, for fear of being vulnerable or that no one will really listen or care.
So, in this glorious Eastertide, I ask that you consider nourishing yourself in whatever form that looks like for you. The simple act of putting your own needs for health and whatever that may look like to you may be the single most radical thing you can do to hold a steady home and steady parenting this year.
Nothing will happen without a plan and without wanting this transformation. It takes courage to say that you need to exercise each day for your own health, to have a night out with friends, or to make all those health care appointments that need to happen. Yet, what a positive thing we can show our children: that parents taking care of themselves and being human beings and adults is also of value and that these things can be balanced with being a wonderful and connected, mindful parent. So, if only in baby steps, I encourage you to nourish yourself. Let this be your legacy for this year and here to finding yourself on this same date next year in a better and more wonderful place.