A Mom’s Confession

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Spring break for my daughters was last week and they went to go visit their father. I had a whole week to myself!  The thought of not seeing them for a whole week made me very sad, yet there was a part of me that couldn’t wait to have a LOT of me-time to do as I pleased (well, more than usual!)

But in the weeks leading up to Spring Break, my old tapes kicked in, and, thinking I wouldn’t know what to do with all this extra time on my hands, I actually picked up an extra shift at work!  Crazy!

Yet even with my extra work hours, I STILL had more time to myself than I thought I could handle – boy was I wrong!

As much as I missed them (and I did!) I have to confess I really enjoyed my time to myself. Every day was a Mommy Time-Out for me. On Monday and Tuesday I worked and both days I came home and took bubble baths. Wednesday I went shopping at the mall and had lunch with my 16 year-old step daughter. We had great quality time and bonded as we moved in and out of the stores at our pace. That night my husband and I went on a romantic date.

On Thursday I went to Santa Monica beach with my husband and step-children. We spent most of our time on the beach listening to the waves and walked to Venice beach. We went to dinner to a really good seafood restaurant and drove home that night.

On Friday and Saturday I worked, came home, watched a movie and was able to go to bed earlier than usual. Sunday rolled around and it was time to pick up my daughters from their father.

I have to be honest, I was so used to being alone for a whole week that I had to do some adjusting all over again.  Yet as much as I loved my time alone, I was so glad to have them back home, and I am grateful I had the opportunity to refuel myself so that I could be a more present mom for them.

How was your Spring Break with your children? Were you able to squeeze in an MTO?  If not, what are your plans for this week?

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