Parenting Perspective: ME Time

October 4, 2010

I have absolutely no idea!

Last night my head was spinning from the weekend's activities. I splurged and had some private time cleaning out my closet! It's wasn't a total waste, I gabbed with my sister on the phone while organizing my clothes for the week. She told me I have a pathetic life and need to find some time for myself. I think she's right and I'm sure I'm not alone!

On Parenting.com I found an interesting article from a busy mom, Francesca Castagnoli. She suggests you really find activities that leave you rejuvenated - not drained.

If you hate sitting in a chair getting your hair colored and you feel guilty about the money it costs, then it's not "me time"!

Try getting a babysitter, or having your spouse take care of the kids while you do something you enjoy. Castagnoli argues that it's important not to wait until all the housework is done - because that will never happen! Make a "date" for yourself to go shopping, read a book, or take a long walk.

Apparently, "me time" is also good for your health. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., author of "The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood" says moms should have at least 15 to 20 minutes of "me time" a day to decompress, especially between afternoon and evening. About once a week you need a longer block of time to get out and do something for yourself.

Sounds good to me! I'll work on leaving the guilt at home with the kids while I sneak out for a few minutes this week.

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