As parents we’re required to do a lot of things: comfort, heal, love, protect, provide, and teach. And along with each of these parental responsibilities, our hearts are called to do the same for our partner, friends, extended family, and ourselves.
But that last part gets a little tricky sometimes. We’re often so busy doing for others that we forget to do these things for ourselves.
As hard as I try to teach my children the necessary lessons for responsible living, they are the ones who continually provide me with the simple life lessons so easily forgotten.
Throw a pity party
"Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
You're thinking, "A pity party? What?" Hear me out. Kids throw themselves the most ridiculous (and annoying) pity parties ever, but once they've allowed themselves to feel all the sads, they're over it and ready to move on as if the whole thing never happened. As parents we try so hard to shelter our families from our sadness, when all it usually does is backfire in the end. What do you say we just throw ourselves a pity party, push through the pain, and move on?
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