Taking care of yourselves

Every stage of your child’s life will bring new joys and challenges. You will continue to learn new skills as a parent, and learn new things about yourself.

Learning about yourself

Being a parent can give you a different perspective on life when you see the world through the eyes of your child. It can give you a chance to learn more about yourself as you look back and learn from your own childhood experiences. Through parenting you can discover (or re-discover) your patience, humour and creativity. You have a chance to develop a deep bond with a child. And your parenting is making a lasting and valuable contribution to society both now and in the future. The value of your role as a parent can't be measured.

Time for yourselves, time for others

When you spend time with your child and your family, you show them that they’re important. You also need to take time for yourself so you’ll have energy when you need it.

Make the most of your time.

  • Focus on what’s most important to you. Take time to do things you enjoy.
  • Set your priorities. Notice when you’re starting to do too much. You may need to say “no” to some activities at work and in the community.
  • Let others know your values and priorities. This will help them understand your needs.
  • Have fun with your family. Family nights, walking the dog, kicking a soccer ball, swimming or skating are all things you can do together.
  • Try to keep your work at your workplace. If possible, put your work away during your family time.
  • Make flexible work arrangements if and when you can.
  • Outings don't need to be expensive

    It is important to do things together. You can go for a nature walk or go to the library.

    Check with community facilities (e.g., swimming pools and museums). Many have reduced or free admissions at different times during the year.
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