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Putting the Me Back Into Mommy

Being a mom (or a dad!) is demanding. By the end of the day you have nurtured, loved, taught and cared for your child 100 times over. With so many demands, it is hard to have “me” time, but without it it’s hard to keep perspective.

This is where the power of “no” comes in. If you say “yes” to every invitation, volunteer opportunity, etc. you will become run down. Cherish the priceless moments you spend with your baby and nurturing your own spirit, even if it means saying “no” to something else. It may be only 5 minutes of enjoying a cup of coffee or stopping to take in the sunshine – whatever recharges you. Push aside the mommy (or daddy) guilt and give yourself permission to have some “me” time.

What ways do you recharge your parenting battery?

Posted September 28, 2010

by MichelleH

16 Comments

16 Responses

  1. Velvet Hubler says:

    I recharge by parenting battery with a long hot bubble bath.

  2. Mellissa C says:

    I love taking five minutes to sip on some hot tea and read a gossip mag.

  3. admin says:

    Velvet – that’s a great idea. It’s like built in spa time! :)

  4. Bonnie says:

    i like to get up early before everyone wakes up and read. Its my quality me time.

  5. Angie says:

    So true that we need to take a little time for ourselves! So hard with everything else we try to put into one day – but we make better parents when we do it!

  6. admin says:

    Wise words Angie & we couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

  7. admin says:

    Bonnie,
    Truly the early bird gets the worm. Good for you for making that time for yourself.

  8. admin says:

    Melissa – nothing like a good gossip mag to relax with :)

  9. noelle d says:

    i agree!
    i take me time when i can…
    and read…
    a book, a magazine..
    anything! :)

  10. Joy Bennett says:

    I used to think Moms should give up everything for their kids but now I realize that giving Mom some time to flourish is really a good thing for the kids too.

  11. Michelle says:

    Noelle – you have got the spirit-doesn’t matter what you do as long as you relax!

  12. Michelle says:

    Good point Joy! Thanks for the reminder that in taking care of ourselves we are taking care of our kids

  13. Kendra says:

    Sometimes I go out to a movie. I don’t mind going by myself. Or I’ll light a candle and take a long hot bath.

  14. admin says:

    Kendra,
    Those are great suggestions for “mommy me-time” that recharges the mind, body & spirit!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Michelle

  15. Judy says:

    I love reading my favorite book while soaking my feet in a foot spa. I always follow up by watching a good movie and painting my toe nails.

  16. admin says:

    Great ideas Judy! Nothing like home spa time to refresh tired mommy feet!

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