...It's not an Indulgence
While watching Oprah on television one day, I heard Dr. Phil McGraw make an impactful comment. He said that parents, particularly mothers who have a tendency to martyr for their families, have an obligation to take care of their children's caregiver. As parents, we are duty-bound to spend adequate time tending to our own well being. Not only is it not selfish, it is essential for our physical, mental and emotional health. It is impossible to pour from an empty teapot. If the caregiver stresses out or becomes ill, there is no one left to look after anyone.
The diagnosis of ADD (attention deficit disorder), or its more severe cousin ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), has become a controversial one. Attaching a diagnosis to a set of symptoms usually helps to solve the problem by suggesting a method of treatment. Once it is discovered, for example, that a child has pneumonia, the proper antibiotics can be prescribed and the illness is usually cured. Pneumonia has a relatively clear set of symptoms that suggest the disease, and the suggestion can be confirmed using laboratory tests. ADD is not like this.
Is your marriage everything you ever hoped it could be? Or has it been pushed down your list of priorities since having children? Let's face it, parenthood is a full-time job, and it dramatically changes your marriage relationship. But marriage is the foundation upon which your entire family is structured. If your marriage is strong, your whole family will be strong; your life will be more peaceful, you'll be a better parent, and you'll, quite simply, have more fun in your life.
Calgary’s Child Magazine © 2018 Calgary’s Child