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A mum has emphasised the importance of giving children “mental health days”.
Caitlin Fladager, from Vancouver, Canada, often speaks about the importance of taking care of your mind.
In the past, the parenting blogger has discussed how legally smoking weed de-stresses her and “makes her a better mum”.
And now, she’s spoken to her 625,000 followers about the importance of giving kids a “break from everyday life”.
In a viral Facebook post, the 27-year-old wrote: “I could tell my six and eight-year-old desperately needed a mental health day.
“A break from everyday life. A break from me saying ‘no!’ all the time. Just a break. Like we all need.”
Caitlin continued: “So I booked a lake house, emailed their teachers, packed their suitcases, and off we headed for a couple days.
“I bought them snacks I would always say no to.
“I let them bring their Nintendo Switches inside a restaurant we were eating dinner at.
“I let them stay up past their bed time, sit by the fire, and dance around.
“I let them colour in their rooms, and rubbed their backs as long as they wanted, when I would normally say ‘mummy’s hands are tired’ after two minutes.”
Caitlin noticed her children had a much more positive attitude when they were allowed to make their own decisions.
She explained: “And what I noticed this day, when I said ‘yes’ way more often than ‘no’, was my kids happiness.
“They seemed happy. Playful. Excited. They set their own boundaries.
“I didn’t even have to tell my son to turn off his game at the restaurant when the food came. He just did it.
“I didn’t have to fight with my kids to go to sleep, after saying yes to a fire. Yes to colouring. Yes to back rubs.
“They just went to bed. No ‘one more hug’. No ‘one more kiss’. No I need water’.”
Caitlin added: “Tomorrow we will return home, and they will return to school.
“A lot more refreshed, a lot more calm, and a lot happier.”
The mum plans to give her children a break more often going forward.
She concluded: “Giving my kids a mental health day, and just giving them a break in general, will become a tradition I hope to carry on for years to come.”
The post has garnered more than 3,100 likes – and fellow parents agreed with the mum’s sentiment.
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One commenter said: “I love this. I do this too. Kids sometimes need more mental health days than us adults.”
Another wrote: “You're a very caring and loving mother.
“A mental health day or couple of days, should be had by all families. Everyone needs to relax, de-stress and have some fun.”
And a third added: “I love this and fully believe that it is a great thing to do.
“It is so hard being a child growing up these days. So much pressure from school and the world around them.”
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