To become a well-rounded and self-sufficient adult, it is imperative that we become comfortable managing stress and taking care of ourselves first. But why should this notion be merely limited to adulthood? In fact, it can be argued that self-care is valued more during childhood and adolescence. While self-care can be learned throughout life, it is vital that we introduce and encourage healthy practices to our kids as early as possible. I hardly need say that the easiest way to do so is to lead by example. When my son finished his 12th grade and was writing innumerable entrance exams to maximize his chances of getting into a good course, I’d accompany him to far-off exam venues. There, I’d meet other mothers who would wait out the three hours. We would get talking and each one would share how her child never ate on time, never had time to go…

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