Joy Fixes for Weary Parents

From the book Joy Fixes for Weary Parents, by Erin Leyba, PhD, here are a few self-care strategies to help parents strengthen relationships, be compassionate toward themselves, and renew their energy: Turn on uplifting music – maybe a song with a strong message you need to hear, some rock and roll song you loved in high school, African drumming, flute music, or a catchy pop single. Write and send a sweet card to someone – a birthday card, a “thinking of you” card, a “get well” card, a “congratulations” card, or a “no-reason” card. Make yourself a nice drink like
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Being a Parent of a toddler

We have talked about this before but being a parent of a toddler is to be on a rollercoaster of emotions so it’s worth repeating. We delight in their sense of wonder and then exhale in frustration as they once again go into full meltdown mode. We are encouraged by each new achievement and despair at yet another temper tantrum. There’s good news and bad news here. The good news is all these things, as well as hitting, saying “No!” to everything, and refusing to share, are completely normal, age-appropriate behaviours. We often take these behaviours personally or see them
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