Mom: “What does ‘self-care’ mean?
Spence, age 8: “It means taking care of yourself, like being active and being healthy.”
Mom: “Is self-care only for grown-ups?
Spence: “No! Kids should do it because then when they are grown-ups they will know how. And they will teach their kids. And their kids will teach their kids. It will go on and on.”
Mom: “What are ways kids can engage in self care?”
Bryn, age 10: “Playing with pets or being with animals, and reading.”
Spence: “Going to the park and running around is good because it gets you moving and it gets your heart beating and your blood pumping!”
Bryn: “You can meditate to take care of your mental health. If you have a hard day, taking a cool shower helps. Or taking time to be by yourself.”
Mom: “What else?”
Bryn: “To keep yourself healthy, you should eat the right stuff…like oats and Cheerios, and fruit and vegetables.”
Spence: “If you are upset, think about happy things. Or use your breathing ball.”
Mom: “What can a child do to keep their spirit and soul happy?”
Bryn: “Things that make me calm make my spirit happy. Being with animals and helping people makes my soul happy.”
Spence: “I’ve never thought about that, mama. I guess my heart and soul just stay happy all the time.”