Separation Anxiety and the MTO

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at

No, I’m not talking about the anxiety a child or parent feels when they are apart from each other, I’m talking about the separation anxiety we moms feel when we attempt to separate what needs to be done for the family from the time we have set aside for ourselves.  Case in point:

I remember vividly talking with a mother-friend who told me her ideal MTO was being able to sit down and go through her coupons to make her grocery list uninterrupted.  I smiled understandingly and told her the nasty truth – she wasn’t being selfish enough.

As mothers, we often confuse doing something uninterrupted for the family or home as a great MTO opportunity.  But it’s not.  What we here at Mommy Time-Out want to encourage mothers to do is something for yourselves, NOT for the household, the spouse, the children, or even the dog.

A look of realization and understanding washed over her and she seemed to see MTO’s in a different light.

During this crazy holiday season, now is the best time to remember our Mommy Time-Out Guideline:

You’re On Restriction   NO WORK! Or else it doesn’t count and your Time-Out has to start all over again!

So enjoy your MTOs, wherever and whenever you can squeeze them in, and be okay with keeping your mom duties separate from your Time-Outs.


Do you struggle with being able to honor your MTO boundaries?  We’d love to hear from you!

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