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I’ll never forget the conversation I had with a dear friend a few weeks after my first doctor’s appointment discussing postpartum depression several months after having Alfie. She was one of the only people I had opened up to about my personal anxieties in motherhood at that point, and like a good friend, she offered a kind and gentle perspective that made me feel less alone. We chatted about how things felt so raw and real, and gave one another support and ideas on how regain a bit of ourselves again. I continued with doctor’s appointments and some counseling, but also started doing things differently at home by taking better care of myself. With all the energy I was putting into mothering, I somehow forgot (and simply neglected) the importance of self-care and how that could spill over into me caring for my family. A hot shower for me will help my kids? It sounds strange now, but honestly that didn’t make sense at the time. Do morning stretches or exercise when I have loads of laundry and am nursing around the clock…when? When you’re in a dark place it’s hard to rationalize with even the simplest of thoughts.
I remember being overwhelmed and embarrassed to say so, but bless that friend who encouraged me to do something for myself. She recommended yoga classes online so I could do them in the comfort of our home, and I have been doing them ever since, going on almost two years now. Have you ever done a class with Adriene? She’s basically my best friend whom I’ve never met. Nerd alert. Like most people, I prefer getting in a good stretch in the morning or evening when kids aren’t crawling all over me, but in reality they usually are in the same room when I get my routine in which is usually no more than 30 minutes. Like so many other things in motherhood, I’ve tossed out the idea that I have to do certain things alone and am learning to find ways to include the kids when I want to get something done.
As you well know, we have very little screen time in our home, if any, but when we do, I am really intentional about how we use it together. The kids seriously love it when we do yoga, Stella especially, and I think it’s really sweet how jazzed up they get for it.
I’ve always used a portable laptop for this because the videos are on YouTube, and recently have been using this Spin 7 by Acer which we’ve all come to really love and enjoy. I partnered with this company specifically because this kind of technology actually stands up to the rigors of parenthood without sacrificing design and performance. Being a parent is hard and having children is a challenge, this we know, but I appreciate that this laptop can handle busy and messy while holding up as our family computer and I am happy to share how and why we love it with you.
Usually we’ll lay out our soft mats and the boys usually end up watching me for direction. Alfie cracks me up with his downward dog. It’s so important for me to show them through imitation how I am caring for myself while still taking care of their needs at home. It’s an important life lesson that I hope they take with them for always.
Yoga is also a wonderful way to restore positive, healthy energy when we are all really revved up, out of sorts, or before quiet times like naps or bedtime. Lighting a candle or diffusing calming oils during this time helps set the tone, which I do on occasion. Small kids are all about mimicking and learning from our behavior, and I am leaning more and more to let the kids do things with me that can come both empowering and teachable moments. Here are a few other empowering ways I incorporate technology throughout our day together at home:
- Pinterest for recipes in the kitchen. Stella loves helping me meal plan on the weekends and she thinks it’s really fun to pick out recipes.
- Listening to Spotify throughout the day. The kids and I are bug music fans and I have a Waldorf playlist that plays many of the same songs we sing at school together. Playing soft music is another way we calm things down around here if we need it.
- For a quiet time show. I love showing them classics like Little Bear or The Magic School Bus in our bed for quiet time together.
While being intentional with technology is important to our family, we also value the many ways it can comfort us throughout the day together. Yoga online is just one of those ways and I am grateful to companies like Acer who make quality products like the Spin 7 that we have so our family of five can connect in ways that are healthy and inspiring. If you haven’t done a class with Adriene yet, try it out! She is so down to earth and really informative without being over the top. I always learn something new in her classes and am so thankful my friend shared them with me, so I get to share them with you all!
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