As we embark on our lives as parents, we sometimes try to take on the role of a superhero. This isn’t to make ourselves feel better—it’s out of necessity. The requirements of being a parent are truly through the rooftop, and while we wouldn’t trade anything in the world for it because of how much we love our children, it can still take a toll on us. The only way to thrive throughout it all is to take an occasional mental break, and here’s why.
No One’s Perfect
As a child, it’s easy to assume that your parents are these perfect, untouchable, flawless creatures. But when you become a parent yourself, you learn that you’re just as normal as you always were, flaws and all. And yet, you still have to find a way to rise above it all and be a good parent to your child.
Recharging for Them
Armed with this humbling knowledge, you must take an occasional mental and emotional break. You may think that if you do this, you’d be neglecting your child. But this is far from the case. When done in moderation, mental breaks are actually crucial for you to recharge so that you can better take care of your child. These breaks are actually going to help you be a better, more consistent parent, so you’d better do them!