While becoming a primary caregiver for your grandchild(ren) can lead to feelings of love and joy, it also takes a lot of time and energy. Caring for your grandchildren can be exhausting and overwhelming, especially if it is new and unexpected, and it can be easy to let your own needs go unmet. However, it is important to prioritize your health and well-being. When you take care of your own needs, you are a better version of yourself, enabling you to take better care of those you love, as well.

Raising children is hard work, and you deserve a break. We encourage you to prioritize your own mental, emotional, and physical needs. Take time to engage in self-care and reach out to others for support. This may look like asking a friend or family member to watch your grandchild(ren) for an evening, so you can enjoy a night to yourself. It can even be as simple as taking an hour of the day to read a book. Regardless of what self-care looks like for you, we encourage you to make it a part of your weekly routine!

 

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