As parents whether you are a single parent, a mum, dad or carer we all want to do what’s best to keep our children safe, fit and well. However, it can be easy to forget about our own health and well-being. If as parents we have a positive attitude, a good social outlook and a healthy lifestyle it is often the case that our children will too. You should have your postnatal check about six weeks after your baby’s birth to make sure that you feel well and are recovering properly and to discuss contraception etc.
Family life plays an important role in the well-being of both children and parents. Doing active and creative things together can really boost happiness levels all round. Children’s centres can be great places for you to socialise and meet other parents as well as giving your child the opportunity to meet friends. Sometimes it can be a bit daunting when meeting a group of complete strangers, but it can be an easy way to meet new people and make friends, after all, you all have something in common - your children!
We are often our children’s first teachers and they not only learn about practical things from us, but pick up on attitudes that can last a lifetime. It is important to take care of your own physical and mental health in order to be able to ‘parent’ well.