As we mentioned in our last post, Feli and I would like to review, briefly yet succinctly, each of our 10 Guidelines To A Successful Mommy Time-Out. Here’s the first one we chose to tackle, based off a conversation I had with a mother-friend a couple of weeks ago:
You’re On Restriction You are not allowed to fold laundry, clean the kitchen, go grocery shopping, go to doctor appointments, or run any errands in general – they do not count as your Mommy Time-Out! NO WORK! Or else it doesn’t count and your Time-Out has to start all over again!
Now, we aren’t here to tell you what you find fun or not, relaxing or not, rejuvenating, or not. It’s different for everybody. But what we want to encourage you to do are those things you did before you lost yourself in piles of laundry and mountains of dirty dishes.
Those things you did for yourself when it was just yourself, are the things that will best rejuvenate you.
When you plan your MTO, ask yourself – is it for the house, the kids, the spouse — or for me? There should only be one answer to that question. This time is for you. You have the rest of the week to do for them.