Yes you, the Mom that just left her kids and husband to spend a week with her best friend.
You, the Mom who drops off her kids at the gym play area, works out for 30 minutes, and spends another 30 minutes checking facebook and drinking coffee.
You, them Mom who takes your kids to daycare so you can work.
You, the one who forces your child to be in his room for 2 hours for quiet time so you can get some alone time.
I feel your guilt for leaving your kids behind, so you can focus on you, but I admire your willingness to do so.
You already spend hours a day working for your family.
You lose sleep because of hungry babies, wet beds, and nightmares.
You do laundry, cook healthy meals, kiss boo-boos, play make-believe, and transport kids all over town for school and their activities.
You do it all.
Don’t you ever forget to do just a bit more, and do something just for you.
You see, when you do those things to take care of you, you are actually taking care of your entire family.
A happier, more fulfilled Mom can build happier more fulfilled kids.
It all goes back to the saying, “You can not give what you don’t have” So, it’s up to you to get happy, so you can give happy.
Show your kids that you are worthy of self-care. Show your kids just how important it is to always live a fulfilled life. Show them that it’s important to take care of your own needs, and not just the needs of others.
Some may call you selfish, and you might hold a lot of guilt about it, but I say embrace it!
Like my grandmother used to say “If Mama Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy!” So, good on you for finding your happy! Your kids will thank you for it later.