(This article first appeared over at MyKidList.com).

Self care is so important as a parent.  And now, more than ever, you need to care for yourself in order to best sustain the kiddos in your care.  Think of your self care as important as the flight attendant directions “if you are traveling with a minor, put the oxygen mask on yourself first before you put theirs on.”  

For even more ideas on ways to lean in and connect with your kids, I’ve put together a simple and free 5 day connection challenge for parents that help you make a meaningful connection with your child. 

If you need more support as a parent and it would be helpful to talk with someone further about parenting ideas or for more helpful tips to help you cope with all types of feelings please reach out. 


1. Putting Feelings Into Words: Affect Labeling Disrupts Amygdala Activity in Response to Affective Stimuli. Matthew D. Lieberman, Naomi I. Eisenberger, Molly J. Crockett, Sabrina M. Tom, Jennifer H. Pfeifer, and Baldwin M. Way. Psychological Science 2007;18(5):421-428.

2.  Neural Correlates of Dispositional Mindfulness During Affect Labeling. J. David Creswell, Baldwin M. Way, Naomi I. Eisenberger, and Matthew D. Lieberman. Psychosomatic Medicine 2007;69(6):560-565.

3.  Harvard Health Publishing. (n.d.). The health benefits of strong relationships. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/the-health-benefits-of-strong-relationships

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5 Ways to Cope When You're Losing It
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5 Ways to Cope When You're Losing It
This is a chaotic time in the lives of parents and kids everywhere. Being thrust into a “new normal” without notice can bring out the best as well as the worst in us all. It’s understandable to be dealing with anxiety or big feelings during this sudden change in environment and schedule. It can be overwhelming to know how to “hold it together” with no end in sight, but there are some things that can help calm the chaos. Keep reading for 5 ways to cope when you're losing it.
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