“Me” Is Not A Selfish Word! (Putting Yourself And Your Health First As A Parent)

Parents are the core of the family unit. What that means is if they are feeling overwhelmed and tired out, it can affect everyone around them as well. Therefore, parents must learn to prioritize their own health. A topic that you can get more information on in the post below.



When you are a parent of young children, it may feel as if sleep is for other people. Of course, the occasional miserable night's rest when you have the responsibilities of taking care of mini-humans is to be expected.

However, there may be things you are doing that is making your sleep worse. In fact, allowing the kids to sleep in bed with you can seem like a great idea when they are wailing at 3am, but it could be severely affecting your well being.

To that end, it may be worth taking action to put your quality of sleep if not first, then at least on an equal footing to the others in your family. Something that may include training the kids to stay in their own rooms at night.

Mental health

Once again, when it comes to mental health, sometimes it is necessary to put your own wellbeing forward as a parent. Otherwise, you risk issues such as depression and addiction impacting the rest of the family.

Of course, some people worry about seeking help like a stay in an inpatient addiction treatment center when they have a young family to take care of. After all, they really don't want to be away from their kids for a long time.

However, what is most important here is to look at the big picture. In fact, you need to ask yourself whether prioritizing your own mental health in this way, will actually pay much more significant dividends for the entire family later on. (Hint- it nearly always does! In fact, it can help set an amazing and inspiring example for your children and prevent them from being sucked into the same problems later on as well.)

Physical health

You may not think that as a busy mom or dad, you have time to it the gym regularly. After all, you may want to rush home from work to make sure you catch bath time and bedtime! Sadly, neglecting your physical health by ignoring exercise and choosing poor food choices can really have an impact on both you and your family in the long term. In fact, it can set a terrible example that your kids will mimic in their own lives, as well as severely restrictive your ability to cope with the stresses and strains of being a parent.

To that end, you must make some time to exercise and eat well. Of course, that doesn't mean you need to go to the gym. Although, you and your SO could alternate nights looking after the kids if you wanted to. In fact, there are plenty of exercise regimes that you can do in the comfort of your very own home. Something that making sure your health needs are met in this area is actually pretty easy.


  1. This is such a great post! It took me years to realize this as a mother. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. You really need to take time for yourself. Not only for your health but your sanity as well!