Imagine sitting on your couch. It’s 7 pm -your little one’s bedtime- and they will not calm down. They’re screaming and crying and nothing you do will soothe them. Next thing you know, it’s 11 pm and you’re barely hanging on by a thread. Do you have a headache yet? Welcome to my life.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter to death, but you better believe I was longing for a night away from the madness. I’m a stay-at-home mom, so it’s very rare that I have mommy time without my daughter.
Any stay-at-home parent -unless you’re some alien super mom from the planet Mars- can relate exactly to how it feels to be home all the time with little contact to the adult world. I think we sometimes forget how important it is to take some mommy time, so I’m here to remind everyone (including myself) why it’s so important to have kid-free time.
You WILL go insane without it.
Having a life outside of work or home is essential for keeping your sanity. I mean, I love my daughter to death, but spending 24/7 of my time with her and away from regular adult conversation can quickly make you stir crazy.
I know you can relate, so get out of the house and go have some fun! You definitely deserve it.
It shows your kids that you are more than just ‘mommy’.
From the time they’re born, our kids are conditioned to see us as just ‘mommy’. They see us as their life source; We feed them, clothe them, bathe them and teach them.
What they don’t realize is that we weren’t always mommy. We were human. We went out with friends and spent time shopping because we wanted to, not because it is a neccessity.
It’s important to show them that we are actual human beings who have fun without them from time to time. It shows them that even when they become parents, they don’t have to completely stop their life to embark on the parenting journey.
It allows us to miss eachother.
When I’ve spent an entire day with my little girl, I long for just a few minutes of peace and quiet. I love my daughter to the end of the earth, but as a stay-at-home mom, I get so stir crazy when I’ve been home with her for too long.
I know that makes me sound like a horrible mom, but literally the second I leave the house without her to go hangout with friends, I start to miss her. I find myself constantly checking my phone for an update.
It’s important to take some time away from our little ones every so often, even if it’s just for a few hours. It may sound totally weird, but by allowing time to miss eachother, you’re strengthening the bond between you and your baby.
Lord knows we love our babies, but please take some time for yourself every so often, I am begging you. We deserve to treat ourselves every once in awhile, just remember that.