What Do You Do To Keep Yourself Refresh When Working With Children?

What Do You Do To Keep Yourself Refresh When Working With Children?

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Hola! Good day to All!

I wanted to chat about the feelings we sometimes have when caring for children.  I know for me as a mother I felt like I stayed lost.  My name "Mommy" or "Ma"  was sometimes a person I didn't even know,  and it was called hundreds of times a day ( lol).  As a preschool teacher we would have staff meetings about our feelings when caring for our classroom and how to process our feelings.  They provided us with outlets working with other teachers so that we all could get breaks throughout the day.

Unfortunately, as mothers, fathers, and nannies, you may have slim to none on mental breaks.  There are playdates from time to time that could buy you some minutes but nothing major.  In this situation being creative is the only way to get some type of break.  For parents this may be enrolling children in a class that is beneficial for them and you.  Many families try to set themselves up in a class such as yoga at the same time so everyone gets a break.  Don't forget the library have free classes offered for all ages.

Children need to learn to be on their own early (of course based on each child's ability to do so) and this is a good way to get them to start relying on themselves and have fun with others at the same time.  Practicing at home with children on fostering independence can start as early as in the infant stages.  Leaving out of a room for a few minutes allows your infant, toddler, preschooler to understand there will be times he or she will need to depend on oneself. This works best with consistency from all adults.  Set out several activities throughout the house that they can engage in and pop in from time to time to see their awesome work.  Change the activities periodically each day.

In a few short years you will be amazed on the breaks you will get without even thinking you needed one.  Children will facilitate their own play and even ask for some privacy.   Allowing them to grow into this is so important to let happen.  Sometimes we feel like we have to be there for every minute of the day especially when they are young. Yet, what they interpret is that they can't do anything without our attention.  I'm sure no one wants that to be the lesson, and over time it could be very stressful wearing us down.  We have to find ways to stay refresh with children each and everyday.  They actually prefer us better that way!

What do you do to keep yourself refresh when caring for children?

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