Mom Camp is not likely to be offered at your local park district but a little creativity and planning can add a new dimension of fun and learning this summer, just for mom.
Here are some ways you can make that happen:
"Often moms feel guilty or selfish if they take time for themselves. Actually, having regular time to refuel enables a mom to be more loving, patient and emotionally available to her kids," says Martha Sahyouni, a licensed Evanston therapist and mother of four. "And that is a win for kids, too."
Try something new. Susan Chaney, mother of three in Evanston, was curious about the variety of birds she noticed in her neighborhood so she decided to head out to the woods or the beach on early summer weekend mornings to see what she could discover. How long have you been waiting to try yoga? Wondering how to make homemade salsa? Interested in campaigning for your favorite candidate? By the end of this summer these experiences can be yours.
Still having a hard time saying YES to you?
Gail Reichlin, co-author of The Pocket Parent and executive director of The Parents Resource Network, reminds us: "Summer is a great time for a mom to take a deep breath, close her eyes and place herself as #1 on her "to do" list... . This is a necessary gift to herself, rather than a selfish act, that will help restore a mom to an emotional place where she can be all that she would like to be for her children."
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