Put yourself at ease by protecting those you love
11 September 2017
Parents are often asked: "Who is the most important part of your family?" Most of them would say their child or children are the most important. This notion reflects itself in the parents' actions as well—they try very hard to provide for their children's every need. And they go through every day thinking about how they will continue to do so as the kids grow.
John Rosemond, a licensed American family psychologist, confirms this common notion that being a parent always means putting your children first. In his article, he talks about how married couples often cannot give concrete reasons why their children are more important, beyond the usual "because we love our kids." He says that it should be the other way around—parents should consider themselves the most important part of a family. Because without them, Rosemond says, their kids would not have the comforts they have right now. Rosemond's thoughts may seem quite controversial. But they also shed some light on why parents must consider putting themselves first when it comes to family matters.
When parents put themselves first, it does not mean that they should prioritize their needs over the needs of other family members. They need to find a good balance, where they can take care of themselves while making sure that their kids are not neglected. After all, how can one take care of others if one is not well herself?
For many parents, it may not be easy to break free from the "kids first" kind of parenting, but here are some doable tips on how to drop this habit.
Raising a family comfortably these days requires so much more resources and effort. While it is important to spend time at work and on developing one’s profession, it is equally important to spend time with family. Finding a balance can be as simple as having a meal together regularly during busy weekdays when parents can catch up with what their kids are up to. Personal leisure time may not happen as often as family time, but it is still essential. Parents need to take a break from the pressures of work to clear their mind, readying it for whatever comes next.
A good leader or manager knows how to delegate tasks. This applies to the home as well. Sharing the responsibilities at home lets parents complete the most basic chores faster while teaching the kids valuable life skills. This does not only keep the house in order, it also trains the kids to be self-reliant.
When parents lead a healthy lifestyle, it will rub off on the rest of the family. Living healthy means eating healthy home-cooked food as often as possible, but balanced with enough exercise and physical activity. Taking a 10-minute walk or run around the neighborhood at least three times a week can be a good start. Once the routine takes off, couples can make it into a regular bonding activity. On weekends, the kids can join in as well, which is also a good way for them to get their hands off gadgets and smartphones.
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