Fam­ily Time

Good Housekeeping (Philippines) - - News -

IT’S TYP­I­CAL FOR MOMS—AND DADS—TO PUT THE KIDS’ NEEDS FIRST:

It doesn’t mat­ter if we scrimp on sleep or skip meals, as long as our chil­dren are show­ered, well-fed, and sleep­ing well. But con­stantly sac­ri­fic­ing self-care in fa­vor of our fam­ily’s needs doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily make us bet­ter par­ents. In her book, The Hap­pi­est Mommy You Know: Why Putting Your Kids First Is The Last Thing You Should Do*, New York-based re­porter Genevieve Shaw Brown re­counts how she’d wake up at 5:00 a.m. to pre­pare nu­tri­tious meals for her kids, but of­ten found her­self hun­gry and slug­gish be­cause, guess what? She never ate any of the break­fasts she pre­pared, nor did she al­low her­self—or her hus­band—to touch the healthy eats she shopped for ev­ery week.

Un­til one day, a light bulb went off: She put her­self on the Baby Diet, feed­ing her­self the same way she fed her kids, and in the process, dis­cov­ered a health­ier, hap­pier ver­sion of her­self. “Moms take so much care to give their kids the very best of ev­ery­thing that we don’t even think about do­ing the same for our­selves,” she writes. With chap­ters ded­i­cated to ar­eas of life that par­ents tend to over­look—time with friends, sleep, doc­tor’s ap­point­ments—the book urges moms to thrive dur­ing a try­ing time when it’s easy to fall apart. “You have to be a bit self­ish in the name of be­ing a hap­pier per­son,” Brown says in a U.S. in­ter­view.

It's time you stop­putting your own needs (like ex­er­cise time) in the back­burner just be­cause you havea kid.

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