The Daze of School and Mommy Time-Out

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Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

My daughters have been back in school for two weeks now. It has definitely been an adjustment for all of us. We are not waking up late and doing as we pleased like we did this past summer.

Needless to say, I have had to tighten the rope and regain more structure in our lives. With me working 12 hours shifts, the girls having their gymnastic and karate each 3 times a week, plus homework, church, dealing with bad attitudes and disciplining when it’s needed, it’s been a challenge to also schedule some me-time on a regular basis.

I don’t know if I am getting old or just exhausted (probably both!) but it seems harder to do as the year drags on. I have been getting plenty of sleep, eating well and drinking plenty of water, but I can say for sure I have not had a quiet moment to reflect and think of having my MTOs lately.

I have to admit my biggest weakness is taking care of others and forgetting about myself. Why do we do that to ourselves? Are we too tired to set up our MTO or do we really just feel guilty taking care of us?

I would have to say for me that lately it has been both.  I am completely exhausted by the end of the day and I feel guilty knowing my children are depending on me to help them with their homework, talk with them about their day, stay involved with their school and teachers, and so on. As a result, this week I have really fought to take care of me, but I am proud to say that I actually have planned my MTO!

My employer offers 24 massages a year for all employees. So, we can get a massage twice a month with a co-pay of just $30.  Plus if we choose to get adjusted by the facility’s chiropractor we can do that as well. Well, I am proud to say that on my way to buy groceries I called and scheduled a massage for myself this week. I am so looking forward to being pampered and adjusted. It will be good for my children and me because I will feel rejuvenated by the massage and all the toxins in my body will be released. I know my children will see a more patient mom who no longer has bags under her eyes.

My girls are still very young and I feel I need to take care of myself by taking my MTO’s regularly because I have a long road ahead of me.  I am urgent about this because I don’t want my children to tell me 20 years from now that I was too tired to play with them or give them the attention they needed.

Has the new school year made it easier or more difficult for you to take your regular MTOs? Why?

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