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Finding More Mom Time

Jun 7, 2008
What Mom hasn't dreamed about having more time to herself? Moms are great at organizing their time each day to make sure that the household runs smoothly and the children's needs are met; but they lack in the simple skill of setting time aside just for them.

Without their own "Me" time, Mom's face burnout and stress. This can ultimately affect your spouse and children as well, so it's important to find that Mom time for yourself and keep your sanity as well as your family's. There are many ideas you can use to incorporate Mom time into your life and here are some of them:

Mothers' Day Out - There are many childcare centers that provide a Mothers' Day Out program. These programs don't require that your child be registered for daily care, so you can use it only as the need arises. This is a perfect solution for mom time, because this allows you an hour or two a week to shop, hang out with friends or just pampering yourself.

Play Dates - Take a look at who your child's friends are. Will their moms be willing to join you in a play date group? The moms in these groups can trade off and watch the other children while those moms get a short break. When it's your turn, you return the favor and watch their children while they take some time for their own short break.

Tea Time - Taking even a short break during the day can be enough to recharge your batteries. See if you can keep your children entertained with a movie or some kind of game they can play amongst themselves. While they're busy, you can sit down and enjoy a cup of tea or a drink of your choice. Take those couple of minutes to just sit back and enjoy a peaceful moment to yourself.

Date with Dad - It's important for the kids to spend some quality time with dad. Why not suggest he take them out for a few hours, while you stay home and relax. The kids can go on an adventure with dad and you can stay home and appreciate the quiet atmosphere that you don't normally experience.

Mothers' Helper - Ever thought of having another person to help you out a couple of hours a week? If you don't feel comfortable leaving your children with a sitter; consider having a sitter come in while you're there. Some young teenagers that are fresh out of babysitting courses can use some experience before they go off on their own. This would be the perfect way to relieve you of some of your motherly duties and enable you to be just a "supervisor" of sorts while the sitter learns the trade.

These are only a few examples of what you can do get some time for yourself. Check with other moms and see what they do for their own Mom time. As a mom, you've done a great job with your family, but don't neglect yourself in the process. Mom time is not only something you need, but deserve as well.
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