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.