The importance of taking care of your own needs as a stay-at-home parent

Adrian Kulp, Author & Blogger, shares advice for other stay-at-home dads on the importance of remembering to also take care of your own needs
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The importance of taking care of your own needs as a stay-at-home parent

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How do I find time for myself of maintain balance as a stay at home dad? I think that for me the first year was our daughter was extremely difficult and in mind set I did myself a tremendous service. I tried to be everything. I tried to be super dad. Being a parent really is a 24-hour day job and between everything that you need to do take care of your child as well as maintain a household, bills, groceries, and errands, and a million things with your child it certainly takes a stole on you. Moving forward now that we have two kids one of the things that I really had to do is had a frank conversation with my wife about my personal needs. You cannot keep that pace off. You cannot keep that schedule of never taking time for yourself. So I think it is important even just to take an hour a day for yourself to read, to go for a run, go to the Gym, or even go out to the street to get a coffee and just reset mentally. In doing that, it really helps me a tremendous amount.

Adrian Kulp, Author & Blogger, shares advice for other stay-at-home dads on the importance of remembering to also take care of your own needs

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Adrian Kulp

Author & Blogger of Dad or Alive

Adrian Kulp is a stay-at-home dad for three kids under the age of 7.  His popular blog, ‘Dad or Alive’ helped him procure a deal at Penguin Publishing, titled Dad or Alive: Confessions of an Unexpected Stay-at-home Dad.  He also writes for The Huffington Post and is preparing a comedic lecture based on his transition into fatherhood. Adrian is a former TV executive both for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison and Chelsea Handler’s Borderline Amazing Productions, as well as the comic booker for ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on CBS. Adrian's feature article 'Breaking Binky' was recently published in the February 2017 issue of Parents Magazine. This spring, he was nominated for a Shorty Award in Parenting, as well as an IRIS Award for 'Dad Blog of the Year' at the annual Mom 2.0 Summit held in Orlando.

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