“In the United States, ninety percent of American mothers and ninety-five percent of American fathers report high levels of stress.”
Overwhelmed Parents: A National Crisis May 20, 2013 Psychology Today
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It may seem obvious to the average person that taking personal time is a no-brainer. But for a mother to take time for herself, though greatly desired, is many times nearly impossible – nearly.At Mommy Time-Out we are committed to encouraging and supporting mothers, fathers and caregivers to take time for themselves. Here, a Time-Out is NOT a punishment. It is an opportunity to put yourself in a better place mentally, physically and spiritually so you can give more and better to your family.
What Do We See As A Major Problem Facing Moms Today?
Being a mother is one of THE most stressful jobs on the planet, therefore mothers MUST take time for themselves, and yet they don’t. Guilt, socio/religious expectations and learned behavior passed down through generations makes it difficult, if not impossible, for mothers to take regular Mommy Time-Outs.
This places tremendous responsibility on her and takes its toll. As a result, when Mom is not functioning well, the entire family is not functioning well.
WHY are MTO’s so essential?
Think of Mom as the hub of a wheel, and all of the spokes connected to and extending from her are the children, husband, laundry, pets, bills, friends, job – anyone and everything that depends on Mom. When she, the hub of the wheel, breaks down, then the entire wheel – the family – breaks down.
Everybody who has enormous responsibility MUST have down time (pilots, surgeons, world leaders, etc.) Moms should be on that list, too!
WHO Wins When Mom Take REGULAR Time-Outs? EVERYONE!!
Mom – We stay connected with ourselves; we get rested mentally, physically and spiritually. We are happier and that emanates out from us in the form of more joy, patience, love, and energy to give to our family.
Spouse/Marriage – Mom has more to give to her spouse – more energy, attention, love and focus. Less irritability!
Children - We Moms need to be aware of what we are modeling for our kids.
“How a mother manages stress is often a model for the rest of the family,” says APA psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD. “Other family members will imitate her unhealthy behavior.” – Parenting: Being Supermom Stressing You Out? American Psychological Association
If we model to put everyone first, then our children will (unconsciously) learn to put everyone before themselves.
We invite mothers to ask themselves, “Do I want my children putting themselves last in life?” Our children learn from us how to take care of themselves.