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Instructions for Self-Care Activity
Parents and caregivers learn about Lōkahi–unity–and how to gain support for themselves.
Suggested Time: 10 minutes
Ages: All Ages
Spend some time with other adults around you connecting on a regular basis. Make it a priority to listen to and support each other.
- Take 10 minutes each day to listen to the successes, challenges, joys, and sorrows of other adults around you.
- Share whatever is on your mind, and be open to the other person sharing their story. For example: how did your day go, did something funny happen, or is something causing you to worry?
- Listen deeply. Keep eye contact. Stay engaged in the story as if youʻre watching a movie. You donʻt need to say anything. Just listen.
- Donʻt make any comments unless the person asks for your ideas. When we tell stories, we often arenʻt looking for a response. We simply want to be heard.
- If the person is experiencing some kind of emotion, name the emotion so they know you understand their feelings.
- Make this listening and connecting practice a daily routine.
When parents feel safe to share without judgement, they increase their own well-being, and also model a healthy relationship between adults for keiki. Keiki who see adults interacting in supportive ways are more likely to mirror this behavior themselves and build strong, meaningful connections in life.