It’s nice to have a break- no kids, no planning, just quiet time with my own thoughts. I was able to enjoy that this past weekend when my husband announced he was taking the kids to the park. It was an hour and a half of pure bliss.
As a homeschooling parent, I find very little down time since I have to make the most of every moment to guide our homeschooling journey. Being hyper vigilant to the appearance of these moments can leave one drained at the end of the day. Add a bunch of these days together and feeling drained is really just the tip of the iceberg. Recently, my friend mentioned she could not imagine giving up the few hours she has to herself everyday while her kids are in school and before going to work. I can understand that completely.
I don’t know about you but if too much time passes by without a break, what I call the crabby mommy sneaks in. No one likes this mommy. She’s short tempered, boring and strict. So my wonderful partner plans these weekend park outings to make sure that mommy stays away. On the occasions when he cannot help me this way, I enlist the help of my in-laws, ex-husband, and close friends.
When my kids and husband return from the park, sweaty, hot, hungry, baby ravenous for a nursing session, I feel like the best mom, willing to give freely all my attention and care with love, to my wonderful family. This feeling slowly dissipates over the week so my next free time is usually scheduled like clockwork by my family to prevent the unwanted visitor.
Article By Nuria Almeida
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