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4 Gifts to Treat Yourself

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding and simultaneously overwhelming opportunities life offers. No matter the age of your children, parenting involves tremendous giving: of time, of money, of attention, and so on. Being able to give yourself something in return is critical to staying grounded, energized, and ready to love your children. Here we describe four great gifts for when it’s time to treat yourself.

Housecleaning

Parents spend countless hours cleaning up food, toys, and just about anything you can imagine. Letting someone else take a turn doing that is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.  If your finances permit, consider making this a recurring gift.  If not, don’t worry. There are many affordable options available, with even more savings for first-time users. Whether it’s once a week or once in a lifetime, the value of this gift cannot be overstated.

Coffee


For many parents, their ability to get through the day depends largely on coffee. Treating yourself to a high quality coffee maker can make a world of difference when you’re hovering over the pot, waiting half-asleep for your liquid energy to finish brewing. Make sure to pair this with the finest quality coffee beans you can find so that each cup feels special. If making coffee at home isn’t your thing, treat yourself to a gift card from your favorite coffee shop so you can indulge on the go.

Dinner with Friends

Sometimes, more than any tangible item, the gift of friendship is the most gratifying. Being able to enjoy a glass of wine and laugh your way from appetizers to desserts can be extremely energizing. Chances are parenting has kept you out of the trendier restaurants, so pick a new place you’ve been wanting to try. Treat yourself to a babysitter and enjoy. Make sure to snap a few pictures to preserve the memory.

New Shoes


Shoes have the magical ability to transform not only your outfit but your mood and confidence as well. Treating yourself to a stylish pair of shoes is a great gift idea. This is especially true if you’re not loving how parenthood changed your body and shopping for new clothes is more of a chore than a joy. If you really want to go all out, find some fun accessories to match. Throw those on with anything in your closet, and you’ll feel like a new person.

The nature of the job requires parents to be especially giving. Most times, however, parents are too busy giving to others to even think about giving to themselves. Being able to give back to yourself is essential to sustaining joy as you navigate the journey of parenthood. Treating yourself to any of these gifts is a great start to what will hopefully be a lifelong habit of self-care.