The Importance of a “Mom Day”
What’s a Mom Day? I can hear many of my readers asking this question because truth be told, having a Mom Day is pretty rare. In fact, some of us have better chances of riding an Unicorn off into the sunset before being able to enjoy a day to ourselves (smile). Being a mom is a tough job and being a single mom is an even tougher job.
The job of a Mother is definitely not easy, in fact more often than not it’s a job that is pretty thankless. Yet we are so honored to play the role that we don’t even worry about others being grateful for what we do. We just do what comes naturally, while allowing the blessings and fruits of our labor roll in. Many times our blessings come in the form of hugs, kisses, attention and unconditional love from our little ones. And while those rewards and blessings are HUGE, sometimes we need another type of reward. That reward is called “ME TIME”.
Why do YOU need Me Time?
There are so many things unseen that we do to keep our kids cared for and the house running smoothly, that we forget to take care of ourselves and our needs. If you are not giving yourself a “Mom Day”, then you need to start planning for it. One of the biggest reasons moms don’t take more time for themselves is guilt. (insert blank stare) If you’re feeling guilty about taking some time (or even a whole day) to yourself, then you need to understand how important it is and how it actually helps you to be a better parent to your child. You can’t let that guilt hold you back from taking this very important time to yourself. Let’s look at some of the benefits.
Why YOU should give yourself a Mom Day:
- It helps you refresh and regenerate so you are ready to tackle all of your everyday “mom duties”. You need time away from your kids just as much as you do with them. It keeps balance in your life and theirs.
- It helps you stay in touch with who you are as a person, outside of being a mom. Even if you love being a mother, we are all women outside of that as well and it’s important to stay true to that. Take a moment to remember that crazy lady who likes to dance on the bar. Hey, don’t act like I’m the only one guilty of this (smile). Let your hair down and remember what it was like before the kids.
- It helps you reconnect with the world, grow as a person, and be a well-balanced person, making you a great role model to your children. Believe it or not, there is more to the world than Bon Bons and diapers, time to reconnect with the other side of things.
- It helps you de-stress. You can unwind from the events of the week, stressors of school and doctor’s appointments, diaper changes, or whatever you deal with all week long. It’s your chance to unwind. A less stressed mother is less likely to yell or become agitated with her child.
- You will have happier kids because they will have a relaxed mom. Don’t believe me? Ask my kids.
- You are setting a good example to your children that it’s important we care for ourselves, as well as for others. It’s good to give to others but you shouldn’t sacrifice your own needs. It’s important they learn this lesson from the person who cares for them. More importantly, you are helping them understand what self-care and self-love is. Practice what you preach.
I’m sure you see the importance of a Mom Day, now all that’s left to do is to plan one. Where will you go? Do you have a mom friend you can bring along?