Preschool Parenting Class 15: Take Time for Yourself

Preschool #6- The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Child

You do a lot for your child every day.

Between meals, diaper changes, bathing, and play dates the list of things you do for them is pretty long.

Let’s don’t even start with all that you buy your child. All of the toys, the clothes, the doctor’s bills, and on and on.

But you’ll keep doing and giving and doing and giving until you are utterly exhausted. Do you know why? Because you really love your kids.

We’re not talking about just any kind of love. God plants a deep love in the heart of a parent for their child. It’s the kind of love that would lead us to do anything for our child.

So, I’m going to suggest something that you can do for your child that you might not have considered lately.

I’m going to ask you to consider taking some time to take care of you.

In all that we do for kids, sometimes the first thing we forget to do is take care of ourselves.

That sounds selfish doesn’t it to say that you should take care of yourself? You might be wondering why I suggested that taking care of you is the best thing you can do for your child.

It’s simply because of this, when you practice self care, your kids get the best version of you to take care of them.

Your kids don’t know how to give you a break. It’s highly unlikely that your kid is going to sit down next to you and say, “Hey, you look a little tired, why don’t you take a break?”

But trust me, your child would rather have a happy, rested parent then a moody exhausted one.

I know it’s not easy to take a break. It’s exhausting to think about hiring babysitters, asking family for help, making plans and arrangements, and all of the things you have to do to be able to take care of yourself.

But trust me. When you return from your rest, your parenting batteries will be recharged, and you’ll be ready to play and give your best attention to your child.

Scripture paints a beautiful picture of this rhythm in Phillipians 2:3-4. It says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves; do not look only to your interests, but also the interests of others.”

Did you hear that? It didn’t say “Don’t look out for your own interests.” It said, “As you are taking care of yourself, make sure to also care for others.”

What a perfect picture of a healthy parent.

It’s not just a gift you give yourself. Your children will be grateful as well!