I don’t know about you, but I’ve had an exhausting week. I had an even busier and more stressful week than usual. My sons had terrible sleep (and the meltdowns that proved it), and on many days I cried.
In the past I might have kept that a secret, as if it’s somehow shameful to collapse into a puddle of tears. But I don’t judge my sons when they do it; I just try to recognize their unmet needs and do the best I can to meet them. I remind myself that emotion is important. You can also read about how to get in touch with us. It is a necessity. And it’s my job as their mom to hear, honor, and validate those emotions.
So that’s what I’m going to do for myself this weekend: slow down, comfort myself, listen to my needs, and do what I can to meet them.
This used to be a big struggle for me—treating myself gently and kindly—and that’s a big part of why I decided to create my new Breaking Barriers to Self-Care program. This is something I really dislike writing. It sounds very salesly and somewhat unnatural, but hey, it’s true!
In the 10 modules of the course, I have tried to take you on a journey of time, beginning with childhood when we developed our beliefs about ourselves and what we deserve. Then, we move onto teenage years when many of…