“Let yourself rest.” Yesterday was not a great day for me. My older kiddo was having a hard time all day. He’s 3, so his hard times were inspired by things like and including being told he couldn’t have an m&m cookie at the cafe we weren’t at because it was almost dinner and they were closed and DID I MENTION WE WEREN’T EVEN THERE?!? His hard time meant everyone else was also having a hard time. As he tantrumed, I wished I could mind-meld and tell him to allow himself to rest. To just stop kicking and screaming and soak up the love all around him and let his body and spirit replenish themselves. Last night, after that rough day, my husband and I tried to analyze what went wrong and I dove deep into Google to learn how to parent better and I generally felt like a failure of a mother and a human being. Amidst the swirl of those unhelpful thoughts, I had one good one. That one from earlier in the day: Let yourself rest. And, in the spirit of #radicalselfcare, I decided to take it.
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Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her helpful, science-backed journalism and essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com. View more posts