If you have young children and a trustworthy adult who adores your kids, and you have not yet let your children spend the night at that trustworthy adult’s house, please please please let this post give you the nudge to make the arrangements and start planning a little break from reality for yourself! I’m serious. We all know that being a mom is a twenty-four hour a day job and it can be good for everyone if Mom gets some time off every now and again. Make plans to go to the movies and dinner with your love or spend an evening at the mall, browsing and taking your time shopping; or simply sit at home and enjoy some peace and quiet if that’s more your speed. It really does not matter what you do as long as you do something for yourself.
My daughters spent this past weekend at one of their Grammy and Papa’s houses and they had a blast. This is the second time that they have spent a night away from home without me and I cannot say how grateful I am that they enjoy spending quality time with their Grammy. After their first sleepover at Grammy’s, both of my daughters kept asking when they could go back! Of course, I miss them and the house is awkwardly quiet while they are away but it feels incredible to take a night to myself and do something just for me. While my daughters were snuggled up with Grammy sleeping comfortably in my childhood bedroom, I enjoyed a few cocktails, yummy food, good company and earth-shaking music. Did I mention the silver and white confetti and Adam Levine? I know what you must be thinking…fun for everyone across the board! Seriously, here is a picture of my oldest daughter playing at Grammy’s house:
As a side note, I highly would recommend seeing Maroon 5 in concert if you have the chance, or any rocking band for that matter. There is nothing like good, live music to make you feel alive!
It can be easy to start to feel like you are losing yourself once you have kids and take on the roles of Mom, Wife, Housekeeper, Peacemaker, Household Planner, Referee, Chauffeur, Family Chef, etc. etc. etc. UNLESS you make an effort to continue to do things that you love to do and that you loved to do before having babies. And don’t for one second feel any guilt about taking a break because as I am sure that most women would agree, spending some time away from your kids will only make you appreciate them more (and they you)!
So, what are you waiting for?!