Your Life as a Parent: Scheduling “Me Time” and Creating Support Networks

Life can get super busy and chaotic when you're raising a 19-month-old. To help cope with everything that comes your way, it’s important to look after yourself, too.

Taking care of a toddler takes a lot of energy and can quickly tire you out. You’ll know when you’re tired, and so will your toddler. In these moments, it’s OK to reach out to see if your partner, a family member, or a babysitter can take over for an hour or two. Some “me time” to do something just for you will give you the chance to recharge your batteries.

To prevent feeling isolated, you could attend story time with your child at the local library or community center. Or you could meet up with friends and their children at the playground or park or get together with parents from your little one’s daycare to share stories and tips.

Creating a network of supportive parents means you’ll have someone to talk to in a similar situation to yours, and this may help relieve some of the stress or anxiety you might be feeling as you juggle all of parenting’s ups and downs.