(CNN)Parents know the drill: Put on your own oxygen mask before helping your children put on theirs.
It's so true, and yet it's become a cliched metaphor for parental self-care.
If there was ever a time that it's especially true, it's during this now months-long pandemic and our added ongoing concerns over racial inequality.
In times of crisis, self-care often goes out the window. Who talked about self-care during the 1918 flu epidemic, World War II or the fall of Saigon?
But this pandemic is diferent. Life goes on, albeit in an altered state, with parenting duties still piling up. Self-care is necessary, not optional, for recharging one's batteries and fulfilling responsibilities.