When my kids are screaming, my husband is complaining and the phone is ringing all at the same time I sometimes just stare off into the abyss and silently scream in my head…I NEED MOMMY TIME! Can anyone relate? 😉
So how do I manage my Mommy Time? Well let’s be honest, the fastest and best way to score some Mommy Time, is to open a bottle of wine. It’s easy and simple and can be done at any time of day (for the most part anyway….however it depends on whether or not you care about others judging you at 11am on a Tuesday) Of course this does tend to mess up your fitness plans but really….when it’s an emergency, let’s be honest we all stop counting calories!
In all seriousness though, I find that if I don’t make a point of consciously managing my Mommy Time, it becomes elusive and ultimately unattainable. So each week I aim to schedule it. Sometimes it’s early in the morning when the house is quiet and I can read a good book without interruption. Other times it’s late at night when I’m feeling productive and catching up on work. During the day I squeeze in runs, yoga, phone calls with friends and sometimes just simply sitting in my garden and watching the clouds drift by. It all counts. Even the 10 minutes alone in the car listening to your favorite tunes counts. How could work or a commute count as Mommy Time you might ask? Well it counts because it allows you to think and focus on one thing at a time, for more than 10 seconds without someone having to pee or ask for a snack.
Like anything else, Mommy Time can become an well honed craft if you work at it enough. For example this morning’s physio appointment. I was lying down comfortably on the physio table having my ankle adjusted and enjoying nice conversation with the therapist. No one was screeching MINE! or MOMMMMMYYYY! and not once did I hear the sound of liquid spilling on the floor. So yes, it’s all about your perspective.
What about Mommy Time vs Daddy Time some might ask. Answer: no contest! Moms are always ultra busy taking care of everyone including the dads, so we by far take precedence on this one. Moms need time alone to regroup, focus and plan their next move. If we don’t we become those crazed mommas at Costco, all wide eyed and desperate to dump their kids on anyone, even the cashier.
So the question remains…how do you schedule your Mommy Time?
Share your thoughts below! I can’t wait to hear them