Parents, Grab Your Parachute!
by Susie E. Caron 6/30/2014
Parents, if your day is stressful you need a p-a-r-a-c-h-u-t-e, to help you unwind.
Make up a self care item or activity for each letter of the word parachute. Keep the list written down where you can find it. When you feel really stressed, pull out your parachute and jump on at least one. Happy jumping!
Here are some examples. Feel free to add some of your own.
P: Play - with your kids outdoors for 20 minutes.
A: Arrange - a play date for your children to give you an afternoon off
R: Radio - Play it loudly and dance with your kids for 15 minutes.
A: Ask- the kids to give you a 1/2 hour time out. They need to go to another room and let you rest.
C: Call - a friend and talk.(10 minutes)
H: Hit - your bed with a large pillow over and over again for 10 minutes, while repeating "I am a good mother."
U: Hide - under a table with a big blanket over it. (10 minutes) You can let the kids bring you some books and a flashlinght and maybe a snack.
T: Tag - play a contact sport with your kids. Touch football, Dodge Ball, Tag, etc. (15 minutes)
E: Elephant - That's right! Elephant. Send the kids on a hunt for something you've hidden. Tell them the winner gets a prize.You can always take them all out for a Creamie.
Remember we are in this together, that's why....
Twee' Means You and Me.
Susie E. Caron
Susie E. Caron MA,
Author, Blogger, Podcaster,
Christian, Wife, & Mother, helps build parent-child relationships, 1 blog, book & podcast at a time.
Welcome! I recently retired from combined careers in teaching, psychotherapy, and parent coaching to spend more time writing.
When I'm not busy creating books or articles, you might find me looking for dark chocolate or riding my beautiful horse Apple in the woods and fields of Vermont.
These articles are for educational and self-help purposes only and are not intended as psychotherapy.
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July 13 at 7:17pm ·
Just wanted to say that I love your posts about the different ways to connect/relate/understand your child. It has given me a new approach towards understanding my daughter and allowing HER to tell me how she feels instead of me suggesting to her how she should feel. Thanks Susie!