By Patrick Showers, Associate Elementary Pastor
Woodland Hills Church
As a parent, we hear a lot of internal and external noise reminding us how crucial it is for us to invest time, energy, and love into our kids. The experts warn us about the danger of not spending enough quality time, not reading enough, or not being diligent enough. We also have voices in our mind pointing out our mistakes, our lack of effort, or any other of a thousand ways to make us feel guilty.
Yet, I’m confident that most of us are putting the needs of our kids before our own much of the time. We sacrifice sleep, we burn through free time helping kids with homework, we chauffer kids all over the county, we volunteer to help with sports teams, and we work to ensure that kids have all the equipment needed for all their activities.
One thing experts have said that often gets lost in all the noise about what parents should be doing is the importance of a parent taking care of him or herself. A crucial element to being a good parent is being rested, energized, and healthy. Caring for our heart, our mind, our body, and our soul. We only have so much to give of ourselves, and when our tank is empty, then our kids are in an emotional drought.
If you are like me, it is difficult to put importance on doing things to ensure that I’m well cared for rather than doing stuff for my kids or others. Somewhere in our psyche, we’ve got a misguided sense of selflessness that can be unhealthy. I think this parent guilt is emphasized in our culture and reinforced in our daily comparisons to other parents.
Whatever the reason, I think it is about time you recharged your internal love bank, and your kids will benefit from it.
We’ve got a great solution that not only helps you but also ensures that your kids are safe, welcome, and having a great time!
PARENT NIGHT OUT
Tuesday, February 14th
From 6 – 9 pm
Check in begins at 5:45 pm
For kids birth – 5th grade
Fun activities, a light snack, games, crafts, a bouncy house and more!
All you’ve got to do is register before February 8th (after that it is $10 per child) to keep it free.
Click Here http://whchurch.org/blog/7910/parent-night-outto register
I encourage you as parents to build time to recharge your batteries as a part of your normal routine. It benefits you and your family. It is a win-win and worth the effort to arrange your schedule and say no to all the possibilities as well as that internal voice trying to guilt you into being an emotionally drained martyr.