There are still times that it’s much easier for me to tell you to take a Time-Out than it is for me to take one for myself. So occasionally I have to stop and ask myself why that is, and I realize I still sometimes believe that there always seems to be something more important that has to be done, or paid for, than me sitting quietly for an hour or paying $40 for a pedicure. Which basically translates into me putting myself last.
To believe that everyone else’s needs must be met before mine can be is an exercise in futility. I mean, really, what are the possibilities of everyone else’s needs being met all at once to afford me that opportunity? Right, none.
So don’t wait for that perfect moment, because it will never come.
Also, ironically, by putting ourselves first, we are in effect putting our family first. Yes, we get the shiny new painted toes, or delicious scoop of ice cream, but when we return home refreshed, present and balanced, who really wins in the end? Our entire family!
Taking a Mommy Time-Out is much more difficult to do than it is to say. So let’s do this together.
Let us hear from you – your ideas, challenges and stories about your own Time-Outs (or attempts at them!) I have no doubt we can all help each other be more balanced and present for our loved ones, one Time-Out at a time!