Balance is the foundation of gross motor and sporting skills.
Definition of balance: An even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.
Today we are so busy having to juggle work, running a business, and create a career along with being a parent and a spouse, on our own, often with minimal or no support at all.
Remember – You don’t have to be a perfect mom. Your storage containers do not need to be labelled and your Instagram page can be super faulty. You are still doing the best you can, and that is perfect. Lives can be busy and stressful!
To counter the stress, it is important to pamper ourselves from time to time. Whether it’s buying yourself a magazine or a slab chocolate and not having to feel guilty about sharing it. We need to make time to do more things for ourselves because we deserve it! The thing is, not many parents make time to go for a walk or exercise at the gym or even watch a movie on their own. No one really prepares you for the roles you must play when you become a parent.
10 things to think about when creating your balance:
- Communicate openly and honestly
- Sometimes it can pay to be a little selfish
- Have regard for one another. Be considerate and trust one another
- Don’t try to shoulder all responsibilities, get help where you can
- Don’t feel guilty
- Focus on the positive things in your life
- Try not to keep up with your friends, family or neighbours
- Don’t expect too much from the people around you
- Make time for yourself
- Don’t cling to your children, let them find their own independence, so that they too can find their balance
I quote from Albert Einstein in saying, “Insanity comes from doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
Lastly for what it’s worth: “It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be! I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Contributed by Jessica Stafford of Clamber Club Sports – Kempton Park