Putting the Me Back Into Mommy

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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?

16 Responses to “Putting the Me Back Into Mommy”

  1. Velvet Hubler September 28, 2010 at 10:40 am #

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

  2. Mellissa C September 28, 2010 at 11:13 am #

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

  3. admin September 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

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

  4. Bonnie September 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

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

  5. Angie September 28, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    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 September 28, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

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

  7. admin September 28, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

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

  8. admin September 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    Melissa – nothing like a good gossip mag to relax with 🙂

  9. noelle d September 28, 2010 at 10:14 pm #

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

  10. Joy Bennett September 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    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 September 29, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

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

  12. Michelle September 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm #

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

  13. Kendra September 30, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    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 October 1, 2010 at 7:47 am #

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

  15. Judy October 7, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    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 October 8, 2010 at 7:49 am #

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