I teach my children that we must prioritize ourselves. Not out of selfishness but to avoid running on empty. Sometimes they ask me questions because they see me prioritizing them so much: “What about you Mum?” they wonder.
I don’t always apply the concept of putting myself first because they are my children and I love them so much. Sadly, the result is always the same: when I don’t fill my cup first, I cannot be the mother I wish to be for them.
I don’t want them to feel guilty when they witness how much work it is to take care of them without getting any break. I do my best to explain that when I take care of myself it is also to take care of themselves better. It can be having some me time or seeing other adults.
What about you my friend my sister? Do you have words to explain in simple terms to children how self care is crucial for a mother? Let’s share and help each other and all women!