Give Yourself a Break

You know what my days look like, many of you are living them too, packing lunches, doing drop offs, monitoring sugar consumption, navigating playground politics, and trying desperately to keep all the plates spinning. Things were particularly tough last week as I brought home ominous slips of paper known as “behavior reports” from my son’s preschool.

Thankfully, I was able to get away from the grind for a few days with some girlfriends. Giggling and crying, we caught up and shared some sweet time together. As we meandered through an outdoor mall, my friend Lorisa asked all of us the question “is there any area of your life where you need to extend more kindness to yourself?”

Silence surrounded our group as we reflected. It is a difficult question because there are so many areas where we need to extend grace to ourselves. One friend feels guilt over not working out as much as she wants to, and a few of us constantly feel guilt in regards to parenting.

What I’m learning

We all know that we can be better wives, better mothers, and better people when we are joyful, and guilt never produces joy. So this week for #serveyourfamilyfriday, let’s show more kindness TO OURSELVES!

I’m working to forgive myself when I don’t live up to my own expectations. When I’m too permissive with my kids, when I’m too strict with my kids, when they eat too many cookies, when they watch too much TV, etc. Today, I will forgive myself. Today, I will be kind to myself. And hopefully, as I let go of some guilt and take hold of some joy, I will be able to love my family more wholeheartedly.

Do you struggle to show yourself kindness? Are there any strategies that help? Please share them with us, and if you’d like daily ideas on sharing kindness, follow us on Instagram. Also, if you are interested, click here to start a Family Service Club of your own. Thanks for reading, and let’s go love others (and ourselves) on purpose.

About Kellie Van Atta

Kellie Van Atta is a wife, a mom of two, and a teacher of English. She lives in Southern California and is passionately dedicated to teaching her kids to love others.

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