Practical Parenting: Taking Care of the Soul

Practical Parenting: The Psychology Perspective

Yesterday, I treated myself to a monthly massage. After the therapeutic hour was over, my body felt light, rejuvenated, and my mind was drunk with endorphins spreading the healing effects of relaxation through my bloodstream. I am hooked.

Before, I would always compartmentalizations body as being separate from mind or spirit. As I have grown wiser, I do not feel the need to adhere to a scientific fallacy that would divide the integral unity of the person and the soul that longs for transcendence.

Today, with a relaxed body… it is time to take my boys to learn of the miracles God has placed on this Earth. We will go celebrate the outdoors at Mickey Grove… the place where our family began. There we will learn to be great stewards of our planet… to take care of the soul… to care for integral unity of all life’s miracles we are afforded.

In order to be the best man or woman, father or mother, it is imperative to take care of your soul first. You cannot love unless you have a full tank of love yourself. It is from excess, that we have more to give. What are your thoughts on the need for self care, honoring the soul, and using this as a means to teach our children effective ways of being?

I hope you enjoyed, and thank you for reading.

5 Replies to “Practical Parenting: Taking Care of the Soul”

  1. HeartyPsych

    Love this article. So refreshing and nice. Self-care is definitely very important. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  2. prajwaleliya – India – Once upon a time in a distant land, a group of friends suggested a person that instead of writing in his personal journal, he write it somewhere else. Ever since that day he creates profiles in my name, writes stories and nags the very same people to read them. It is said that the wails of those people can still be heard at night.

    It’s a lovely thought. I agree, that self care is indeed a must.Once we learn to love ourselves only then it is possible to love others.

    1. Dr. Thomas Maples – Stockton, California – Dr. Thomas Maples, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist, author, and the founder of The Stockton Therapy Network. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, he has helped many people resolve interpersonal conflict, heal from the emotional distress, and overcome mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and issues that result from personality disorders. He also specializes in helping couples resolve interpersonal problems, marital discord, and parent / child relationship conflicts by helping his clients identify the sources of relationship conflict, find areas of growth they can agree to engage, and setting a plan to enact those changes to assure relational growth. As a researcher and writer, Dr. Maples focuses on developmental, analytical, and psychoanalytic methods of psychology. Through his writings, Dr. Tom has helped countless people understand, plan, and implement effective paths to reach optimal psychological, spiritual, and physiological development. "Advance Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams."

      Age old widows. Fill the glass, then there is excess to give others.

    1. Dr. Thomas Maples – Stockton, California – Dr. Thomas Maples, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist, author, and the founder of The Stockton Therapy Network. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, he has helped many people resolve interpersonal conflict, heal from the emotional distress, and overcome mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and issues that result from personality disorders. He also specializes in helping couples resolve interpersonal problems, marital discord, and parent / child relationship conflicts by helping his clients identify the sources of relationship conflict, find areas of growth they can agree to engage, and setting a plan to enact those changes to assure relational growth. As a researcher and writer, Dr. Maples focuses on developmental, analytical, and psychoanalytic methods of psychology. Through his writings, Dr. Tom has helped countless people understand, plan, and implement effective paths to reach optimal psychological, spiritual, and physiological development. "Advance Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams."

      Thank you. The joy of being a father is to just sometimes let go and play a game of tag in the park.

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