Parents taking care of themselves first and foremost

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Taking care of yourself as a parent is absolutely critical. Take the flight attendant on the plane. She says, "Put your oxygen mask on first, then put one on your child." The same principle applies to us in our daily lives as parents. We have to be rejuvinated. We have to be full. We have to be ready for the demands that parenting takes on us. If we are not taking care of ourselves, it is very difficult to take care of our loved ones. Taking care of ourselves looks different for different people. For some people it may be exercise. For some, it may be a quiet bubble bath. For some, it may be cleaning. It may be going on a walk. Whatever it is that fills your soul, feeds your soul, make you ready to attack that next parenting obstacle. That's the thing to remember. In addition to that, you are also modeling for your children. Your children see you taking care of yourself and what that looks like; that you have boundaries, limits and needs. That you also learn to take care of themselves.
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is an Oregon resident, in the United States, with 18 year old boy/girl twins in the Tigard Tualatin School District, and has been an educator for almost three decades. She began her career as an elementary school teacher for 12 years, then worked as an elementary school administrator for 6 years, and then decided to dedicate herself to teaching parenting classes and workshops exclusively. Kim is trained and certified through a program called Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen, as well by the International Network for Children and Families, in a program called Redirecting Children‘s Behavior. She also has taken recent trainings in the areas of Youth Mental Health First Aid, Adult Mental Health First Aid, ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences), ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Trauma Informed Care, Smart Voices/Smart Choices: Parents Talking with Kids about Mental Wellness and Substance Use, and Making the Connection: Stress, Teen Brains & Building Resilience. Kim is active in supporting her local parenting community by providing workshops, classes, coaching families and writing monthly articles for two local newspapers Tualatin Times and Tigard Times. Kim is a monthly guest on KATU's Afternoon Live and an occasional guest on KATU's AM Northwest television show doing parenting segments. Kim also reaches thousands internationally through her close to one hundred 30 minute parenting podcasts found on her website. Additionally, Kim recently made her fifth trip to Asia during the last few years to teach and share her passion in raising cooperative, respectful, resilient and responsible children. Kim’s goal for you is to help reduce conflict, foster mutual respect, and create deeper communication and connections with your loved ones.

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