Looking after you

Topics: Self-care, mental health, wellbeing

You are your child’s best resource. You cannot look after them if you don’t look after you. So many excuses – no time, too tired, too busy. But taking time for yourself and looking after your own mental health and wellbeing is one of life’s essentials.

Explore our resources for some self-care tips, ideas on where you can get support and more than a few reminders that this is a non-negotiable must do!

How do I stay calm when my child is having a meltdown?

"How do I stop myself from getting drawn in when my child is having a meltdown?" This week in a Connective Parenting® NVR session, a parent asked me this question.  It’s a great question and one I thought I’d answer here as I know it something that a lot of parents,...

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Looking after you
Hitting Rock Bottom
Hitting rock bottom
Hitting rock bottom

Hitting rock bottom is horrible.
I know, because I’ve been there. I’ve spent time sitting on my bed crying my eyes out, not knowing what to do next or fearful of the future.

Sometimes these were ‘little’ blips and I managed to pick myself up quickly and carry on, but other times those feelings lasted awhile.

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The Blame Game
The Blame Game

The blame game: I don’t know about you but I know that I’ve been blamed in the past for my son’s behaviour. The blame wasn’t always obvious, just sideways looks or slowly disappearing from our lives (to be fair, the disappearing hasn’t happened much).

I started to wonder if it was me. Maybe I wasn’t a good parent? Should I not have adopted? Perhaps I did need to do things differently, but I’d tried everything and nothing seemed to be working....

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