Parenting: Life Outside of Kids
Posted May 11, 2012on:
Being a mother is a full-time job that often has to be balanced with the ones that come with a paycheck, but even supermoms need a break sometimes. Remembering to take care of you can help you take better care of them. Just remember a few simple rules:
Use the time you get. Even busy days have 15 minutes here or there to take a breather. Grab those when you can to sit, take a deep breath and maybe even read a chapter in your book.
Dial a friend. You don’t have to be going out to call a friend to give you a little relief. It can be a perfect way to get a little time to yourself, even during the day for a walk, shopping or even a flick.
Get some adult time. It can surprise you how much you miss adult conversation. So get a sitter and call a friend, or have a friend over after the kids go to bed. The chat will do you good.
Schedule a playdate. Just giving your child a playmate can get them out of your hair for a little bit. And if you can arrange to take turns at your house and their friend’s house, you can get a little free time without paying a sitter.
You can be a good mom — and still be good to you.