Moms, you are loved and appreciated! Thank you for multi-tasking your way through each and every day, keeping any number of plates spinning for your families, all the while making sure everyone has clean underwear on in case they’re in an accident and have to go to the hospital!
While there are days — or years! – you wear the same uniform (running shoes and a T-shirt that reads, “Who are these kids and why do they keep calling me “Mom”?), when you invest in your own mental, emotional, and physical health, you foster improved communication in your family life. Research has demonstrated that a mother’s well-being (just think about that concept, well-being) enhances a toddler’s exposure to a more diverse language experience – more vocabulary, more learning engagement, more interesting speech patterns. A constricted life for Mom severely limits a child’s access to language experiences that create the foundation for future success.
So, Mom, give yourself permission to be a healthy you every day. Take opportunities to slip away to a relaxing place – or state of mind – to refresh and rejuvenate yourself. Your kids, who may be calling for you all the while you’re “gone”, will benefit from your little vacation.