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Essential Daily Self-Care

Chantal Standafer

 Taking time for family mealtime!

Taking time for family mealtime!

We often think of self-care as doing things out of our normal routine. And yes, taking time to pamper ourselves is wonderful. But in the bustle of caring for the kiddos, there are little things we can do each day to take care of ourselves.

One of the most essential parts of life is nourishment. Yet it is oh so common to hear of moms not having proper meals. But how are we supposed to keep up with our little ones if we’re not taking care of ourselves? Not to mention that they learn so much about eating habits (and everything else!) from us.

Not surprisingly, this is not the case in our house. Because I get hangry. And a hangry mom is not a good thing. When it happens, I get headaches that often won’t go away for a very long time, lose my cool pretty easily, and experience a host of other unpleasant symptoms.

So how do I solve this problem? I eat my meals with my kids. When Gaby, our oldest, was a baby, I would nurse her and then eat my meal. But once she started eating solids, her mealtime became mine. I would never have my kids skip a meal. So I don’t do it myself.

And here’s an added bonus: for those who like to complete items on their “to-do list,” you can add your meals to that list. You feel accomplished, and you’ve cared for yourself!

What other things do you do daily to care for yourself?