Self care is key to being a successful foster parent. Parenting is hard work, and foster parents often face unique stressors with the added transitions and varying needs of the children they care for. It’s important and necessary for foster parents to take time for themselves to ensure that they are taking care of their own physical, mental, and emotional health. Self care can look different for everyone. It can be asking your partner to watch the kids while you go to the gym, take a walk, or get coffee with a friend. It can even be something as simple as taking a relaxing bubble bath or reading a book before bed. Self care helps you feel re-energized and allows you to be the best version of yourself. When you take care of your own physical, mental, and emotional needs, you will be better equipped to provide the best care possible for your foster children.