*This post was sponsored by Woman Up Box, but all opinions are my own*
Everyone craves it. Especially mothers.
But why do we (moms) feel guilty about it? Why do we sacrifice ourselves daily, then feel bad about having time to ourselves??
When I became a mother, I felt a love that I never knew existed. I watched my baby sleep and drank in every precious moment. When my mother in law offered to watch her so I could nap or run an errand, I always felt guilty for leaving her.
I wondered if she was going to be okay without me.
After baby #2, I still struggled with leaving my kids–whether it was with family or a babysitter. I struggled with postpartum depression, which added to my mommy guilt. My youngest had colic and cried for 4 hours every night. My nerves were completely shot.
After a visit to my doctor’s office that ended in tears, I realized that something had to give.
In order to be the mom I needed to be, I realized that I needed some time to recharge. Having quiet time wasn’t just a desire, it was a necessity.
I thought things would be easier as they got older because the demands of raising a baby would slowly diminish. I didn’t think about the varying demands of raising toddlers and adolescents.
This past year, my oldest daughter started kindergarten. Those of you with school aged children know that this brings on a new set of demands.
100th day of school, PTA programs, ball games, class parties & playdates are enough to make you wonder whether you are going or coming.
In order to balance all the demands of motherhood, here are a few ways I sneak in quiet time:
If my husband and I have a date, I am forced to put some extra time into my appearance. My husband and I get to spend quality time together without the kids competing for our attention and affection.
We get to enjoy quiet time together.
Hey, I can’t be the only one who sneaks in an extra long shower every now and then. Sometimes I’ll get my husband to finish up bedtime while I attempt to fix all the world’s problems in the shower. It’s a great place to be alone and enjoy quiet time.
It doesn’t work so well when he isn’t home, because someone ALWAYS interrupts and has a problem that needs fixing.
Scheduled Quiet Time
I honestly used to feel guilty about asking my husband to take the kids somewhere so I could be alone. I wasn’t sure what to do with myself when I wasn’t caring for my family. I would often circle around the house trying to find a chore I could complete quickly before they returned.
Then one day I realized that the quiet time was for me, and that changed everything! I used that time to catch up on my favorite reality show, take a long quiet bath, shop, or nap!! The important thing is making sure you carve out time for yourself. How you achieve that may look different from someone else.
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