It is the calm before the storm. My mommy time. Before I wake the two older boys up for school and before the toddler comes stomping down the stairs, it is quiet.
I love my children, but I also enjoy my mommy time. It is a chance to reflect and refresh without any distractions and to just sit down and remember who I am underneath all of the mom duties. Sometimes we forget who we really are when we turn into chauffeurs, doctors, housemaids, chefs and all the countless other roles we play in our children’s lives. Mommy time is a necessity for all of us to keep our sanity. What do you like to do when you get a moment to yourself?
Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures asked a few friends what they would do with a little me-time.
Sometimes it is hard to fit in a little time for ourselves. I get up 1-2 hours before the kids, just so I can spend time on myself before they get up. If that option won’t work for you, try a few of these from Jaimi at The Stay-at-Home Mom Survival Guide.
I know how easy it becomes to forget about yourself. I do it quite often. And those are the times where my mood starts to slip. If we don’t give ourselves even a minute away from the “mom, mom, mom, mom…” and other demands throughout the day, it can be a short drive to mommy burnout.
How to Recognize Mommy Burnout
This is a great article from Nicolette at Powerful Mothering on how to recognize mommy burnout. Once you are there, it’s hard to get back up. When I feel overwhelmed it is hard for me to be a kind mommy, a patient mommy. I find that I yell more often and even cry more often. And then I end up apologizing more often. How do you come back from a mommy meltdown? Here are some tips from Melissa at Fireflies and Mudpies on what to do after you’ve had a mommy meltdown.
This mommy gig is hard. I have 5 kids and it can often feel like I’m being pulled in 50 different directions. Take a deep breath and tell yourself that you are important and that you are doing your best. Take that time for yourself so that you can be happier and enjoy the little moments that matter.