Mom Needs a Time Out Too

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Day 12-11:41 pm: It has been one of those days. Moms, you know what I’m talking about. First thing that happened this morning-my toddler got out of bed, walked down the hall, and slipped in a big puddle of dog pee. Yup. Our dog is supposed to be house trained! So I spent the morning mopping the floors. Then my toddler’s had a cold so I kept her home from school. And it’s been raining so we are all a little stir crazy.

Have you had “one of those days”?

The rest of the day proceeded with toddler pouring water all over the floor-more mopping-then pouring her smoothie out-more mopping-then she missed the potty-more mopping-etc etc.

By 1:00 I was looking forward to her nap. But did she? Nope!

2:00 rolled around. Nap time? No way!

By this time I was feeling completely unproductive, the sink was full of dishes, the house was a mess, the heater was out, and I felt like I wasn’t able to spend quality time with my toddler.

I was going crazy!

So, I put myself on time out.

I gave my toddler my phone to watch YouTube Kids, and then I took a shower. Yes, I was still in my pjs at 2:00 because I had spend all morning cleaning up messes.

Let me tell you, the shower felt amazing. It gave me a second to recollect myself. To relax for a minute. To organize the million things swarming around my thoughts. It was just what I needed.

I came out refreshed, re-energized, and ready to be a better mama.

And guess what-my toddler took a nap!

So I was able to get some things checked off my list and feel better about my day.

If you are feeling tired, overwhelmed, or unproductive, give yourself a permission to take a time out. It’s ok. Take a shower, get dressed, lie down, watch a funny video (of your choice), look at a magazine with a cup of tea or coffe, just for 15 minutes. (Obviously make sure your child is in a safe place and easily accessible)

You will feel like a new person and ready to be a better mommy. Everyone will be happier.