This blog post is directed at mothers of young children. Ideas in this blog hope to inspire young mothers/parents to think and plan how to teach their youngsters the values that are important to their family. I have done a lot of reading about practical ways to achieve this goal, and hope to inspire you to try out some of the methods that worked for me. In the end, what worked for me and my kids and family will not necessarily work for you. You can always tweak something I have tried and apply it in a slightly different way that could be a great success for you.
To be the best mom that I can be, I need to take care of the physical, mental and emotional development of my young children. I also need to equip them with the tools they will require to not only survive but thrive and reach their fullest potential as they grow up to be teenagers and young adults.
To do all of the above, I need to take care of my own physical, mental, and emotional needs. If I am too exhausted at the end of a workday to spend time with my children, to help them with homework, and do any activities with them, I need to make my physical self stronger with the correct diet, exercise and proper sleep. If I am not happy I cannot make the space around me happy and nurturing for my kids.
Physical movement, any kind of dancing, exercise or playing a sport is something I have always loved to do. When I was single and in school and later college, there always was time to do the things I loved doing. Now with a family with 2 young children, time is a precious commodity. To be able to find a block of 30 – 60 minutes to exercise every day has become rare.
Often, we as mothers ignore our own needs or put them on the back burner to take care of everybody else. But that is not a wise thing to do. New mothers stop taking care of their bodies, and stop exercising as they think there is no time to spare for themselves. This is a fallacy. I would urge anyone whose day is so filled with responsibilities that they think they have no time for themselves to read this post How To Exercise If You Don’t Have The Time which really helped me get back into a regular exercise routine.
I am writing a series of blog posts about how to be the best that you can be so that you optimize your life. This will enable you to be the best mother, wife, daughter, sister (or whatever your role is) for your immediate family. In the coming weeks I will be adding articles about the systems I have put in place to find “me” time to nourish my body and soul and also the systems I have implemented to nurture and teach my children the values that are important to our family. Hopefully some of these ideas will work for you too.
As we all know, raising a child is a full time job. Babies are very observant since birth, and even if we don’t see it or know it, they are learning from everything we do or say in their presence. We as parents have such a wonderful opportunity to nurture another little human being. We would all love to do the right thing and we all want the best for our children. That is the reason I am sharing some of the techniques that worked for me. Wishing you all the best in raising healthy, happy wonderful children who are a source of joy and pride for you.