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The GOLDEN RULE for tired parents!

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If you like many parents often find yourself sleep deprived, overwhelmed with the to-do list and feeling that there’s never enough time in the day to do it all, then you are not alone.

Often, we believe that in order to meet the demands of home life, childcare and work, we have to sacrifice our own needs and there is a sense that “I can’t do everything, and my needs will have to wait.”

 This usually leads to feelings of stress and resentments and puts us into a reactive state of mind, which means we are less likely to manage our child’s behaviour effectively, let alone our own.

To be a more successful parent and have a happier home life, we need to be mindful to look after our own wellbeing so that we can be more responsive and proactive in building the family life that we crave.

We can often find a few minutes to ourselves to re-charge our batteries and look after our own wellbeing simply by having some healthy boundaries for ourselves and by not doing so much for everyone else in the day.

Here are 5 sentences that can help you to say no.

Try these 5 sentences to stop doing things you don’t need to be doing, so that you can say yes to things that you do need to take care of your wellbeing every day.

  1. “I would love too, let’s find a good time for both of us soon.”
  2. “I cannot commit to anything else today, thanks for asking.”
  3. “Sorry, I am not able to do that right now.”
  4. “I will have to pass this time, please ask again some other time.”
  5. “Unfortunately, that is a bit too much for me at the moment, I can fit in half an hour that’s all.”

Be mindful:

Try these ideas and make some guilt free time for yourself, so that you can maintain your wellbeing each day and be a way happier more responsive positive parent for your children and see them bloom.




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  1. Andrew

    I think you could do with reading up on grammar (for point number 1): To is a preposition with several meanings, including ?toward? and ?until.? Too is an adverb that can mean ?excessively? or ?also.?

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  2. Alison

    Thanks for this, I thought I was on my own and just being rubbish at managing things. It's helped me put my mind at ease ?

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