Confessions of a Busy Parent: Self-care shouldn’t be optional
Being a parent can sometimes feel like an endlessly selfless act: our children always come first and we put their needs and priorities ahead of our own. But sometimes a little selfishness is needed. As a busy working parent, I often struggle to find time for self-care and personal appointments. When I had my son, I promised myself that I will try my best to not forget about my self-care rituals. Luckily, my favourite medical clinic supported me in this self-care goal!
The challenge of finding time for yourself
Between work, dropping kids off at school, arranging play dates and taking care of a million other things, it can feel like there are not enough hours in a day to finish all the tasks. Among the long to-do lists, self-care is usually what tends to take a backseat to give the time for our other priorities. Let’s just say that running errands and caring for a 5-year-old wild child can be a challenging task!
I was excited to find out that my favorite aesthetic clinic started offering complimentary Child Minding services to accommodate all the busy parents who frequent the clinic. Vancouver Laser’s Child Minding Coordinator, Chelsea, struck me as an unbelievably sweet, patient and engaging professional, who cares deeply about the wellbeing of patients’ children. I was even more appreciative to learn that Miss Chelsea is also an experienced educator who worked in so many different environments with many different kids.
My son’s experience at the Kids Centre
When we came in for my appointment, I wasn't sure if my son would go willingly at first. But as soon as Miss Chelsea started to talk to him and asked about his favourite superheroes, he ran off to play with her and barely looked back at me. When I was done with my appointment and went to collect him, he actually got quite upset that it was time to leave and wanted to stay and play some more. We've been back a few times now and he gets so excited when I tell him he can come along!
The space in which Kids Centre Located is beautiful - the large and airy room is a perfect playground for any creative and high-energy games my son can come up with! I was happy to see that the Kids Centre has lots of toys and activities for children to play with - it seems to be a place where any kid could find something to interest them.
Safety standards for parents’ peace of mind
In these uneasy times, it’s especially important for me to know that my child is at a place that maintains proper cleaning protocols, thorough screening and has capacity limits. I was very impressed with how clean and sanitized the space is - you can definitely tell that the same medical facility cleanliness standards apply here. I felt very comfortable trusting that Vancouver Laser will do everything in their power to make sure their clinic and any facilities are as safe as possible.
Regular “Me time” is a realistic goal when you get a little extra help
I love supporting a business that is so caring about us - busy parents. Every time I go to Vancouver Laser to freshen up with some Botox or get my favourite laser treatment, I have peace of mind knowing that my child is in a safe and clean facility close to me, having the best time of his life!
Parenting is one of the most fulfilling roles out there, but sometimes it is easy to feel guilty taking time for ourselves. As parents, we shouldn’t forget to take some time to meet our needs. Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated and it absolutely can be integrated into your life as a busy parent.
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