“Part of my issue with self-care,” a teen girl told me, “is just that I don’t even know how to do it. I don’t have that practice.” If we want girls to manage their stress in healthy ways, we have to model it for them. Self-care is a skill, one they’ll learn by practice AND by what they see us doing.
If you’re a parent, ask yourself about the ways you model self-care. Consider what you can do this fall to add more visible self-care to your life, for her as much as for you.