parenting simplified Lily Morgan


I'm Lily, a family therapist. I'm excited to share tips and ideas to make parenting more effective and fun.

Enjoy the journey!

Self-care matters

Self-care matters

Being a parent is hard work! It calls on you to meet the physical and emotional needs of your kids, while running a household (meals, dishes, laundry, etc…), managing finances, chauffeuring kids and teaching life skills and values.

Phew! No wonder we are tired!


Filling your cup

  • On an airplane the flight attendant always says, “If the cabin loses pressure, put the oxygen mask on yourself, BEFORE putting it on your kids.”
  • Is this because parents are selfish? NO! It’s because you can’t help your child if you are passed out.
  • If you don’t fill your cup, you won’t have anything to pour into your child’s cup.  It’s important to feel centered, so you can be present for your kiddos.
  • Start pouring some time into your own life so you don't start feeling resentful or burned out.


What is self-care?

  • Self-care is an important step in becoming a better parent.
  • It is taking care of your physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.
  • It is planning something everyday to help you feel energized.
  • It is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
  • It is being aware of your emotions.
  • It’s asking for and accepting help when you need it.
  • It is planning activities with friends and not feeling guilty that you have left your kids for a few hours.
  • It is not neglecting your children. It is taking a needed break.
  • It is spending a few minutes a day caring for yourself and scheduling fun activities for you to look forward to.


A few self-care ideas

  • Write 3 gratitudes a day.
  • Write in your journal. Promptly journals makes it really quick and easy to document your child's life!
  • Listen to music that motivates and inspires you.
  • ·Exercise: Walk, do yoga, exercise to a DVD, etc..
  • Read a novel
  • Have a lunch/dinner date with friends
  • Eat healthy
  • Build a support system. Create relationships with neighbors, church members, extended family, other parents and join a group that does something you are passionate about.
  • Take a nap
  • Get up a few minutes earlier so you can brush your hair and get dressed. It’s amazing how much better you will feel if you aren’t in your pj’s all day.
  • Take time away from social media, phone and emails.
  • Have a long bubble bath or shower.
  • Call a friend.
  • Say no when you feel overwhelmed
  • Daily mediation and/or prayer.  (Head space is a great app)
  • Sit in the sun and enjoy nature while your kiddos nap.
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