by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated
Ah, I just opened my windows for a little unseasonably warm pre-spring air, and came to the realization that today would be a great day for a little me time with my favorite little ones. Hmm… Did I just say me time with my kids? I sure did, and I’m proud of it!
Me time is all the rage these days. The media bombards us with the idea that the only way we moms will ever keep our sanity, or at least keep up the appearance of it, is to spend oodles of time pampering ourselves in one way or another. Let’s be clear, I am in no way opposed to pampering, but I’m also a realist. I work out of my house. I’ve got one kid in school, and one in diapers. I’ve got to take my me time however it comes, and frankly, I deeply enjoy relaxing with my children. That’s why I work at home in the first place, isn’t it?
No wonder we’re all stressed out. Not only do we have to take care of everyone that crosses our paths, but now we are supposed to have the strength and energy left over to treat ourselves like a queen at the end of the day. Now is the time to simplify. Everything I need to burn away the stress of the week is right here by my side.
The reality is that what matters most is not how we appear to our neighbors, or how much spoiling our money can buy us. What does matter is that we make the most of the time we have each day. So why not shut the computer down every now and again while they are young? I want to spend all the time I can with them now, because someday there will be more me time than I care to think about.
So, I’ve resolved that this afternoon my me time will consist of a decidedly slow walk with two puddle-stomping toddlers, a golden retriever, and one small piece of dark chocolate. There you have it, pure joy without the need for sitters, aromatherapy, or a wad of cash. I’d love to say more, but I’ve got some puddles in the yard with my name on them.