One of my running girlfriends forwarded me the August Muddy Waters Yoga newsletter a few days ago, which included a 30-day gratitude challenge for the month of August, where you are invited to reflect on three things that you are grateful for each day. This friend always seems to know when I’m in need of an inspirational nugget. That particular morning I was wallowing in a pool of guilt and frustration after a stranger had accused me of being a bad parent because I was dropping my son off at daycare and going to work. After shedding a few tears of mommy-guilt, I calmed down and reminded myself that I am incredibly grateful and blessed to have my son in such an amazing daycare. It provides developmental and social opportunities that I would not have the ability or knowledge to provide on my own. I also enjoy being able to go to a job that presents unique challenges and opportunities.
Some of you may have read Chris Rogers’ article titled Parents Who Exercise in the Winona Post. He writes about the need for extensive planning and good time management skills when you have kids. Another aspect of being a good parent is building a reliable support team. In light of the gratitude challenge, I want to introduce my “team” to you. These are people and programs that I am beyond grateful for, because they contribute to my health and happiness.
- Hy-Vee Aisles Online provides quality fuel for my body. This fantastic grocery-delivery program is a time and money saver. The program makes good nutrition more accessible for my family.
- Friends provide quality fuel for my mind. Several times a week I meet girlfriends to run. More than half of these runs are under a star-studded sky because it’s so gosh-darn-early, but you can’t beat the serenity at that hour. I’m also part of a weekly bible study that offers great spiritual and social support.
- Kids Corner is THE best perk of being a Winona Family YMCA member if you have kids. Up to two FREE hours of childcare for your little minions while you work out. PLUS they offer a very reasonably-priced monthly date night sitting service. Wink wink, win win!
- Infant daycare is hard to come by. We were very fortunate to get the call the day after our son was born that there was an opening for him the exact week that I was scheduled to go back to work. We now have an incredible new network of families and resources to help guide us as parents, not to mention the unbeatable feeling of knowing our son is in a safe and trusted environment.
- My husband and I are very fortunate to both come from loving, generous, and kind families. It is thanks to them that Christopher and I met in the first place, and it’s thanks to their encouragement and support that we are still together and raising a tiny human.
- I am beyond lucky to be married to a man of integrity, passion, commitment, and kind-heartedness. His work ethic and family-oriented focus mean my son and I are in good hands.
Your turn! What does your support team look like?