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Mom Needs a Time Out

October 23

Mom Needs a Time Out

Mom Needs a Time Out

In this case, time out is a reward. How often do you take time for yourself to do what you want to do? I know you’re busy, but a mom needs a time out. It’s well deserved. You need some space to breathe and not think about that huge pile of laundry hiding in your garage, or that fact that you didn’t measure up as a mom sometime this week {so you think}.

Here are some simple, but rejuvenating ways to get your time out and away from your responsibilities.

If you can escape the fortress you call home:

  • Schedule a manicure or pedicure or both.
  • Go out with some girlfriends for some clean fun (dinner, shopping, whatever your heart desires).
  • Visit a bookstore (if you’re a book lover like me).
  • Grab a hot fudge sundae and enjoy every bite. (No, the kids will never know as long as you don’t spill any evidence on your blouse.)
  • Better yet, join a gym and workout 2-3 times per week. It’s a great stress reliever.

If you can’t get away, then try these at home variations:

  • Treat yourself to a pedicure when it arrives. You may have to lock yourself in the bathroom to do any of these, but it’ll be worth it.
  • Order a new nail polish online.
  • Order a new scarf or bracelet online. Shopping is great therapy, as long as it doesn’t add to your financial stress down the road.
  • Relax with that book you bought months ago but haven’t started.
  • Blog or read a few blogs. I love to do this when I don’t have enough time to read a full chapter (or more) of a book.
  • Throw in an exercise tape and get to it. Yes, the toddler can hang on you while you exercise. That’s no excuse.
  • Start a scrapbook of anything that interests you: your family, your wedding, your younger days, your dream house…
  • Start a new hobby.
  • Buy the movie Mom’s Night Out and laugh ’til you hurt! Did you see Mom’s Night Out? We watched it at church and I laughed so much! It felt great to see another mommy blogger whose thoughts weren’t saintly.


No Money? Here’s Your Solution

If you’d like to try more of the time outs that require cash, then start saving some cash each week. Pretend it’s a bill. Call it the time out expense. Adding $5.00 to it each week gives you $20-25.00 each month to do something for yourself. If you want a weekly time out, you’ll need to invest a little more each week. A better option would be to have a free time out each week except for one special outing each month to spend your saved cash on. That would make it even more enjoyable.

Now, go have some fun!

How do you unwind or take a time out? (Join in the discussion below or on Facebook.)



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    October 23 at 3:11 pm

    I LOVED the first 30 minutes of Mom’s Night Out. Watching the beginning was so therapeutic. By the way, I love the idea to have a $5 bill to pay towards mom’s time out. Very creative! recently posted…Have Fun With Your Spouse! {Surviving Stressful Seasons}My Profile

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      November 1 at 9:20 pm

      @Laura ~ Let me know how much you’ve decided to set aside for your mom’s night out.

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    Lynne Streeter Childress
    October 23 at 3:45 pm

    I loved “Mom’s Night Out”. It made me cry. And I took myself out to lunch after my dentist appointment because my son was in drop-in day care and I let him stay and eat lunch there, so Mommy had some time. And even though my face was numb and I looked crazy drinking through a straw, it was a good time.
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      November 1 at 9:56 pm

      @Lynne ~ We’ll take what little time we can get, right?

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    October 23 at 9:49 pm

    I really like the idea of putting money aside for your “Mommy Time-Out Budget.” Great idea!
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      October 31 at 7:50 am

      @Karen ~ How much have you decided to put aside for your “mommy time-out budget”?

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    Kim Adams Morgan
    October 25 at 12:13 am

    Those sound like great ideas. A day at the spa or a weekend camping are great for unwinding.

    They previewed that movie at Allume last year but I didn’t see it. My daughter is 30 so I have plenty of Mom’s Nights out now.
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      October 30 at 7:28 pm

      @Kim, We were beginning to have lots of date nights with our kiddos being teenagers. Then came along little Able, our surprise package born 14 years after our youngest.

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    Jenny @ Women With Intention
    October 26 at 9:05 pm

    This is so important and I love the idea of the $5 each week 🙂
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    Brandyn Blaze
    October 27 at 9:55 am

    It is so easy to forget about yourself once you become a mom! I find that if I don’t take regular time-outs I get really overwhelmed and snappy towards my family, which obviously isn’t good for anyone! We all need a reminder once in awhile to take care of our own well-being. Thank you so much for sharing!
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    Alison - The Way He Plays
    October 28 at 7:25 pm

    A time-out is so very important! I got my hair cut and coloured recently and almost fell asleep just from sitting still for once!!
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      November 1 at 8:20 pm

      @Alison ~ I have been treating myself to some highlights in my hair every 6-8 weeks. It is so hard to stay awake because I am so relaxed. I thoroughly enjoy it.

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    Karissa Barber // The Acting Mom
    October 29 at 8:44 am

    Yes!!! I actually just posted today about 53 ways to find yourself outside of motherhood on my blog today and found your post as I was hopping about link-up parties. You are speaking my language! We do need time away to re-coop, to find ourselves so that we can be better wives, mothers and housekeepers. Thanks for sharing!
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      November 1 at 8:19 pm

      @Karissa ~ Fifty-three ways is an awesome amount of ideas. I’m headed over to read them.

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