I wonder how many times I’ve said…or thought…or yelled, I just need a break from the kids! I also wonder how many times the children have felt the same toward me? Or each other? Truth is, we all need regular breaks from others. And ourselves!
One of my favorite C.S. Lewis allegories is his depiction of Creation. In The Magician’s Nephew, Aslan creates sleep to give us a break from ourselves. If you’ve ever witnessed a child’s tantrum when he misses a nap, or experienced your own grown-up version, you know how fitting this is!
But sleep isn’t the only way to get a break. Just today I spoke with a friend who is battling sleep-deprivation with little ones. Naps aren’t an option and sleeping through the night seems like a cruel and distant dream. Oh how hard those days….weeks…years are!
Thankfully, self-care can come in many forms and it CAN become part of your (sleep-deprived) life! In this series on self-care, I hope to share some ways the Hero Hubs and I are learning to care for ourselves as parents, and also how we’re teaching our children to care for themselves. And how all of this can transform our families and our communities…not to mention keep us from going absolutely crazy. Or hiding out in the bathroom for hours. Or running away. Or eating my weight in chocolate while remaining in my mismatched pajamas forever!
In the meantime, I would love to hear your thoughts/struggles/victories/questions on this topic (and not just because it would give me fresh reading material for when I’m hiding out!)