At dinner most nights, we play “The Question Game,” where everyone takes turns asking a question that the entire table has to answer.
One night, I asked, “What is one thing you would like for Mommy and Daddy to do more?”
My four year old paused and then responded, “I want Daddy to read more books to me. And play more board games with me, too.” Then she looked at me and said, “I want my mommy to get her haircut more.”
I laughed, because I had just gotten my hair cut the weekend before on my birthday, for the first time in probably a year (and a half? 2 years? who knows). Clearly, it was just a recent activity. Then she made a comment that stuck with me. “Mommy, you’re happy when you get your hair cut.”
I have played this conversation over and over in my mind a million times. I truly believe that she saw how good self-care looked on me. I don’t often take time to fix myself up or do things just for me. My little girl realized – even before I did – that taking care of myself made me feel better about myself, and that made my little girl happy.
So Mommas, take a guilt-free afternoon to do something for yourself, especially if you are not one to typically do that. Your kids will notice the difference.