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The art of parental self-neglect: How to maintain your own identity while caring for your child

Umetnost starševskega samoprezrevanja: Kako ohraniti lastno identiteto ob skrbi za otroka

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Parenthood is a wonderful journey full of priceless moments and unforgettable experiences. With all the happy moments and satisfaction that comes from taking care of another human being, it is important not to lose ourselves in the role we have accepted as parents. Maintaining your own identity and personal development is key to a balanced and healthy life. We explored how to maintain self-awareness while caring for a child.

Maintaining personal growth

Being a parent doesn’t mean you have to give up your interests, hobbies or passions. It’s important to take time for yourself, engage in activities that make you happy, and continue your personal growth. It could be writing, reading, a pottery class, a yoga practice, or simply enjoying the peace with a cup of coffee. This time you take for yourself is an investment in your well-being and satisfaction, which will undoubtedly have a positive impact on your parenting.

Balancing parenthood and partnership

With the arrival of a child, the dynamic in partner relationships often changes. The key is that as a partner you still make time for each other, preserve romantic moments and nurture your relationship. It is also important that they share parenting responsibilities and thus allow each other some time for themselves.

Social connection

Keeping in touch with family, friends and community is vital. These social ties can provide you with support, relief, and time to relax. It is also helpful to seek out the company of other parents who are facing the same challenges as they can offer advice and understanding.

Self-help and health care

Health and well-being are the foundation of happy and successful parenting. Regular physical activity, a balanced diet and enough sleep are key to maintaining energy and well-being. It is also important to allow yourself time for relaxation and mental regeneration.

It is important to understand that parenting is a journey that is taken one step at a time. Everything doesn’t have to feel perfect or happen right away. Every parent is unique and has their own ways of finding a balance between parenting and maintaining their own identity. And that’s okay. The key is to realize that your needs are important and that you deserve time for yourself.

Smart self-neglect is not selfishness, but necessity. It allows you to be more present, focused and happy when you are with your children. And most importantly, you are setting an example for your children to take care of themselves and value their individual interests and needs.

At the end of the day, the greatest gift you can give your children is a happy and satisfied parent. And you can only be that if you feel good about yourself, maintain your identity and respect yourself as an individual. Parenthood is an amazing journey, and it’s even better if you stay true to yourself along the way.

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