So, I have been thinking about self-care. As grown-ups, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to better take care of ourselves. But, when was the last time you stopped to think what the self-care habits of a child are. It probably isn’t doing yoga, going for a run or forcing themselves to eat boring steamed chicken and veggies, so what does self-care look like in childhood?
If you actually think about it, when did this obsession with self-care start? Is it a natural behaviour or is it learnt? I believe it is natural. Taking care of yourself is a primal need and we have to encourage this in our wonderful children. But how can we encourage this without making it a serious point of disagreement?
I suggest making a game out of it. If you want to do yoga with your child/class then try making it a case of Simon says or something similar. This allows children to engage in the activity while feeling engaged in a game.