Listen, we are in the tail end of summer. We have had no break from our children. Schools have closed their doors on us. Our children are eating us out of house and home.
Moms with big kids are counting down the days until school starts. Their freedom is coming. But it may be a different story for moms with littles.
So stay-at-home moms, lean in. I have a word of advice that is going to be a game changer.
Mamas, sign your kids up for Mother’s Day Out.
Now I know you have probably already thought of several reasons to say no. I can already hear you now. Trust me, I’ve been there and thought the exact same things. So let’s go over these excuses together, so I can further sway you.
“Why would I pay someone to watch my kid when I am fully capable myself?”
To which I will give you my husband’s response to me:
“Kristin, you need to miss Owen, and it will be good for Owen to miss you.”
Here’s the deal. Our work as a mom is TWENTY. FOUR. SEVEN!!! The only break we get is when we hide in the bathroom just to get a minute of peace. Yes, you are fully capable, but that’s not the point.
Moms are really good at taking care of everyone around them while leaving themselves for last. One thing I know is that we can truly take care of others best when we are taking proper care of ourselves.
Having a few hours a week to do whatever you want is incredibly refreshing. You will feel great, which completely affects your mood, making you a better mom, wife, and person.
“I feel guilty leaving my kid.”
Listen, I can promise you every mom has felt this at some point. This just means you are a good mom. I have gone back and forth from signing my son up to taking him out, but let me re-emphasize, a break is much needed, and deserved, for the hard-working mom.
You may not believe me, but that guilty feeling fades fast. At first, you may not know what to do with yourself, but give it a few weeks (or days) and you will wish Mother’s Day Out was a few hours longer and wish you would have signed junior up for that extra day.
Now just a fair warning, there is a good chance you may both cry if this is your first time. Do not abort mission. You will both get used to it.
And you know what? You will both love it. I promise. The ladies that work at Mother’s Day Out love children and will, no doubt, take outstanding care of your child. Your child will have fun and meet new friends, all while you are laying on the couch in your pjs (or doing whatever it is you like to do)! It’s a win-win all around.
And don’t you dare feel like you have to clean or do anything productive! Blah! By all means take a nap, read a book, eat lunch with a friend, or sit in silence. This is YOUR time. Spend it however you want.
You may not even think you need a break, but I think if you got one, you would be glad you did. It doesn’t mean you love your kid less. I think you will love them more!