Thought Series : Raising a HAPPIE Toddler
This week, we’re focusing on the most basic and fundamental human need : Health / Physical well-being.
Note that I said ‘human’ need, and not just ‘toddler’ need.
After caring for our infant for a year, we have become experts in judging and providing for our child’s physical needs like hunger, thirst, sleep, sickness, teething, need to pee/ poop, need to be clean after pee/poop … an endless list.
Our expertise continued even as our infant turned into a toddler, and we can still effortlessly identify and fulfill their physical needs.
But, during the 1 year of infancy, we also progressively lost the ability to sense & care for our OWN physical needs –
- Losing sleep for several nights back to back
- Skipping meals to make space for our kids needs, needs of everyone else in the family, office work and household chores
- ME-time is non-existent
- Working at full potential even during our own sickness & weakness.
These are just a few scenarios where we’ve so easily forgotten to cater to our OWN need for PHYSICAL WELL-BEING, while ensuring that for our child and family members.
I know, we feel good about being able to do so much for our loved ones; but:
- How many times have you felt sorry for being so self-sacrificial?
- How many times have you missed your long-forgotten hobbies?
- How many times have you wished you had some more time to yourself?
- Worst of all, how many times have you lost it (because of stress / tiredness) and taken out your frustration on your child by yelling / hitting, and then feeling guilty about it?
THOUGHT for TODAY
- Are you WELL – physically / mentally / emotionally – everyday, so that you can cater to your child’s needs in your BEST capacity?
- If not, how do you think it’s affecting the way you care for your child, and deal with his/her needs?
- Tell us, ONE thing that you’d like to do – which takes only 15 mins – DAILY – that can help you stay WELL – physically, mentally, emotionally.
How you can fulfill your child’s needs better – by making A HABIT of self-love and self-care – (Point 3 above), so that your child experiences the BEST of you – EVERYDAY!
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