Parenting

Mom, Take Care of Yourself

It was a typical morning around the house.  Between dressing and feeding the kids and making herself look presentable, this mom wondered if she even knew who she was anymore. She enjoyed her children, but always felt like she lived in the mommy fog and had no time for herself.  She felt guilty about being away from her kids even for 30 minutes here or there, but sometimes she asked herself, “Where does a mother go to resign?”

Between endless laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning spit-up and spilled milk, keeping up with schedules, bath time, chasing children, and preparing meals, many moms wonder exactly when they will get time for themselves. They feel that if one more person says, “In the blink of an eye they will be grown, so cherish every moment,” they aren’t sure how they will respond.

So, how can a mom recharge her batteries without feeling guilty?

First, understand that taking care of yourself isn’t optional; it’s necessary.  You can’t give what you don’t have.  If you are always running on empty, irritable and have a short fuse, everybody knows it.  It impacts your relationship with your children and tends to bring out the worst in them … and you.

Here is some wisdom from moms who have been down this path before:

A mom’s role is not easy.  But remember, moms have needs, too.  If you want to care for your family well, take good care of yourself.  Believe it or not, that is what will help lift you out of the fog and prepare you for whatever comes next.

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