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Take a Break for Goodness Sake!

Mommies need breaks. Anyone who thinks otherwise should trade places!

Even the federal government understands the principle of breaks. Depending on who you work for, you are allowed anywhere from 5-20 minute breaks throughout your workday. You are even able to take a lunch break.

Breaks are important because they allow you time away to recharge yourself and come back with a fresh attitude and viewpoint.

So why do some moms feel guilty about taking breaks? Over the past couple of months, I’ve talked to many moms that are very overwhelmed and stressed out. The common denominator among them is that they are not taking regular breaks.

As a stay at home mom, I’m always around my son. I’m either on call or on duty 24/7/365.That can get overwhelming. About every 15-20 days, I need a day off.

Well…maybe not necessarily a day off, but at least a couple of hours for me to get myself together and think about something else besides teaching animal names and playing with toddler toys.

I need time to go to the mall and shop without having to worry about my son’s stroller not fitting into dressing rooms.

I need time to grocery shop without having to worry about my son sampling the groceries in the cart.

I need time to think about and pursue my own goals and desires. A time to put my wants, desires, and needs first for a change.

All of you moms out there need this too!

When we as moms don’t get breaks, we tend to get overwhelmed and more on edge.We have less patience and yell more.

So how can we make time for a break in an already jam-packed schedule? Here’s what I’ve done:

1. I put my son to bed around 8:00PM so that I can spend time with my husband and pursue my own projects.

2. My husband takes a portion of his days off and takes our son out for Father & Son time so that Mommy can get a break.

3. I have a schedule for my son to take naps during the day so that I can have a midday break.

4. I get friends to babysit my son for me when I get overwhelmed.

5. I attend a mom’s group for support and social interaction.

How do you make time for much needed breaks?

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  • Christian Mommy Writer May 23, 2009, 2:38 PM

    @Lynleigh – Glad to be able to help. Hope the suggestions work for you!

    @Momsweb & Shonte – Isn't it great to have a husband that can help out? I have a new level of respect for single moms. Let's keep them lifted up in prayer.

    @Erica- You are exactly right. Prayer is a must as a mom.

    Thanks for your comments! 🙂

  • Anonymous May 19, 2009, 7:32 PM

    What a timely post Tonya! I think every mother gets to a point where she needs a break at one point or another. The time limit needed to regroup can vary. I’m a big fan of Joyce Meyer. Lately, she’s been teaching on the power of simple prayers, and the fact that we don’t have to have a set schedule or time limit for our prayer time. I’ve been letting prayer be my outlet if it’s just “Lord, help me, be my strength today/tonight, forgive me” etc….Joyce was saying that prayer should come as easy as breathing and that’s enough to recharge us to fullfill our mommy duties ;-).

    Erica L. Butler

  • Saved M.O.M. May 19, 2009, 3:44 PM

    Wow Tonya!!! You hit a home run there. That was an awesome post. Thank God that I am blessed to have a hubby and mommie that give me breaks when I am about to BREAK! Keep up the good work-Happy Blogging…

  • MOMSWEB May 19, 2009, 12:44 PM

    I homeschool and know all to well the importance of needing a break. Help me, Jesus! When one is needed, hubby will take the boys out for a men’s night out or I will leave the house(lol). One or the other, a break is a MUST to be a joyful wife and mother. High Five for time outs for moms!

  • Lynleigh May 19, 2009, 11:57 AM

    Awesome post! I can definitely relate. After staying home for three years with my children with no breaks really, I found that I would get frustrated easily with them as well as my husband. When we spent time alone, I wanted to sleep and not be intimate which caused issues in our relationship hindering effective parenting. So it will definitely put a damper on your marriage too if you don’t get some “me” time. We put so much time in when it comes to caring for our family that we need to make time off a priority. Thanks for writing girl! I will have to impliment some of your suggestions .

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