Losing yourself in parenthood is such a common struggle, especially for moms, because the sheer logistics of caring, feeding, and scheduling our kids lives can be completely time consuming. But staying in touch with ourselves is vital to our happiness. Here’s how to do both.
Taking Time for Yourself
This week we’re chatting with Rachel Bertsche, author of The Kids Are In Bed, about how to find—and own!— your pockets of indulgence in the chaos of parenting. Which means finding and making time for things we love including watching trashy TV, connecting with our partners and eating food other than our kids’ sandwich crusts.
Meet Rachel Bertsche
Rachel Bertsche is the bestselling author of The Kids are in Bed: Finding Time for Yourself in the Chaos of Parenting and also MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend and Jennifer, Gwyneth, and Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time. She is also a journalist and editor whose work has appeared in numerous natural titles including the New York Times, Parents, and New York.
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We talked through advice for:
- Finding your own small pockets of time and how to make meaningful use of them to help yourself really feel like you have leisure time.
- How to find things you love…since that may have changed from before you had kids.
- How not to feel guilty when taking time for yourself.
- Tips for prioritizing your food and health, even if you’re busy with the kids.
- Simple ways to reconnect with yourself and your partner (if you have one).