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Quiet time for Mom







This guest post by GeorgeTown,MN…   a blogger, wife and Mom to four little ones…
Take it away, Virginia…


I’m no stranger to burnout. Four kids 7 and under with a husband who is often elsewhere is kind of a recipe for exhaustion.

I’m terrible at taking care of myself (ahem), but am learning that there are times I need to step back and keep myself from becoming Unglued.

The other night I told ‘Handsome’ to figure out dinner because I needed to get out. I intended on leaving but between him working late and road construction he was home too late. Instead of leaving I stayed in, but away.

Sometimes 10 min is enough to recharge you, other times a few hours are necessary. Whatever your needs, here are a few ideas for getting “out” while staying home. Some ideas are reader suggestions from my Facebook page.

  1. imageClose the door. The atmosphere of my bedroom changes drastically if the door is open. When getting peace and quiet is your goal, even for a few minutes, close the door. It helps with the illusion that you’re alone.
  2. Quick bath. It’s amazing how refreshing and energizing a quick bath can be. 10 minutes during naptime can turn an upside down day right side up.
  3. Soak your feet. Get a cold beverage, a big container of warm water, and a cold beverage. Close your eyes, play some music, and relax.
  4. Stolen moments. Once in awhile I steal 5 or 10 minutes in my room to check Facebook or text a friend. Or I take an extra long “bathroom break”. Sometimes those 5 or 10 minutes to reconnect with the world outside my walls is what I need to feel human.
  5. Secret chocolate.

As parents or caretakers we give, give, give. Keep a small stash of treats or make yourself a special snack, then refuse to share it. A cup of tea, a piece of chocolate, an entire apple. All to yourself.

What things do you do to recharge yourself without going anywhere?


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A little bit about Virginia…  I am a mother to 4, and wife to an amazing man. I love knitting, sewing, and (usually) cooking. I’ve put my family on a path to more sustainable living and a nourishing diet and am enjoying the ride.

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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