Remember the days where you would get off work and the world was your oyster? Happy hours, workouts, perhaps some couch time? Now it’s daycare/school pick up, picking up or cooking dinner, baths, bed…repeat. By the time you sit down at 9pm, your body is done. Even if you have a desk job, you still feel like it’s been all day since you have sat down. Sitting at a desk (or a car transporting kids or in a classroom as a parent volunteer) is not exactly relaxing. An easy solution? Hit the spa every weekend for some much needed down time. Oh wait, we don’t have an endless income AND we have to parent on the weekends too.
Ok, plan B.
I’ve been thinking about the easy things we can do as moms (and dads) that can quickly help refresh us as parents. One of my favorite things to do is to grocery shop ALONE with a $4 cup of coffee. I love sipping on my almond Americano, wandering in no rush up and down the aisles. And it’s guilt free because I am doing something for my family while getting some “me” time. Last weekend, was not that scenario…
Yes, I braved Trader Joes with both kids in tow. I wouldn’t say it was the most horrific kid experience but also wouldn’t say I’d be up for doing that every week. It also made me thankful that I have the option to typically do those types of things kid free. I often get frazzled feeling the normal pressures and busyness of parenting. But I am working on taking those breaths and breaks when I can. Even if they are in the middle of the grocery store or in my car before I step out to pick up the kids. Sometimes all it takes is a few seconds to re-center myself, pray for strength and patience and continue the day.
….And maybe give in to the Starbucks addiction I have acquired since becoming a parent.
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