This morning I was on my way to a client’s house for day 2 of placenta encapsulation. I texted her that I was on the way, was stopping at Dunkin, and was there anything that she wanted or needed? In a flash I received her response – a medium decaf pumpkin swirl with cream. Who doesn’t like a warm drink hand delivered?
The truth is, everyone loves treats – and in my opinion, new parents deserve treats more than anyone else. As I’ve written before, new mothers in our country are often shamefully neglected -- from our worst-in-the-world family leave practices to our general expectations of what new parents ought to be doing (rather than resting and recovering).
I have my husband to thank for the mantra of “Treats for Everybody!” My husband, Michael, was born and raised in South Carolina so takes hospitality seriously – and is naturally kind-hearted and generous. And he and I (and our sons) love to have fun. When friends and family get together, we always make sure that everyone has their favorite beverage and a sweet for dessert (and these days, house guests are treated to a family viewing of Lucha Underground -- but perhaps that is a subject better explored in another post!).
In my work life, I love to pamper families with some little treats along the way. For pregnant moms, I send along funny and/or informative articles to keep their spirits up, especially for those last couple weeks. For postpartum clients, a clean kitchen and folded laundry are part of my service (even though it's definitely a treat!) – but it’s nice to surprise them with a snack plate in the fridge to enjoy after I go home. And I love to make my childbirth education students laugh – I think many times they expect to be bored stiff so it’s great to surprise them with unexpected information and something to goof on.
How have you treated yourself lately? Do you know any new or expecting parents? If so, what can you do to give them a treat?