Raise your hand if you know how to practice self-care. Hint: Self-care is more than a massage or day off. It’s taking active steps to care for yourself and invest in your relationships and hobbies. Commit 15 minutes daily to doing something that makes you feel good. More importantly, practice self-care in front of your kids. They learn what it’s like to be an adult from you. So teach them to put on their oxygen mask first by putting on YOUR oxygen mask first. When the whole family has healthy ways of coping, it makes “adulting” appealing. For everyone.

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About Elyse Salek

Elyse Salek, M.S.Ed. is an Administrative Director of Research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her degrees are in Psychology and Human Development from Middlebury College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Education. She is the proud mother of two children.

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