Why self-care is an important part of parenting, and how to make time for it - Washington Post

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  1. runawaybunny

    runawaybunny Administrator Staff Member

    Why self-care is an important part of parenting, and how to make time for it - Washington Post

    In traditional ground-fought wars, the command post behind the lines would often have hot coffee, good food and dry clothes. Was this because the generals were selfish? Or because they deserved it for having made the highest ranks in the military?

    No, it was because if the command fell or experienced low morale, the rest of the troops, and indeed the entire war effort, would be in jeopardy. Those leaders making critical decisions needed to be at their best.

    Now think of that in terms of parenting. Parents are the generals of their household. How do you, in particular those who stay at home with children, feel day after day, hour after hour, with no real break in sight? Is your coffee hot and clothing dry? Probably not.
     
  2. Crayola13

    Crayola13 Active Member

    A similar thing I read about was that humans are the only species that feed their young before feeding themselves. In the wild, all animals--birds, mountain lions, etc., take care of their own needs first because they have to be strong enough to take care of their young.