To the Mom Who Puts Herself Dead Last

If I took care of myself like I take care of my daughter, I would…

Rub lavender oil on my feet at bedtime

Cheer myself on when I’m learning a new skill

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Add extra hot water to a bath so I could stay in as long as I wanted

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If I took care of myself like I take care of my daughter, I would…

Stay attuned to my own needs and meet them as lovingly as possible

I’d ask myself, “what food would make you happy to eat this week?”

I’d write love notes and leave them around the house for myself to find

I’d apologize right away when I’d been mean or yelled or made myself feel bad.   I’d offer kind words and sweet playtime to make up for it.

If I took care of myself like I take care of my daughter, I would…

Never focus on what my body looked like but instead celebrate what it can do

I’d limit tv and turn on music instead

I’d let myself ride a bike in pink light-up cowgirl boots every single day

I’d encourage myself to come sit at the table and enjoy my meal,

Say “Please Stop” when someone was bothering me, and to ask for help

I’d celebrate how much I read,

Encourage myself to be grateful for what I have and be willing to ask for what I need

 

If I took care of myself like I take care of my daughter, I would…

sing my favorite songs as loudly as possible

dance every night after dinner

and cry as much as I needed to

I’d put out lots of art supplies and see what happened

I’d say “I love you” many times a day and mean it

 

If you took care of yourself like you do your daughter…what might you do?


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Allison Kenny
Allison Kenny a blogger, business owner and author living in Oakland, CA with her wife & squirrely daughter. She Co-Founded Spotlight:Girls and creates books, on-line media and experiences for girls to take center stage and change the world. Follow her on her blog, www.raisingagogirl.com, on Instagram or Twitter to learn more about her life as an adoptive mama and girl advocate.