There comes a time in every mother’s life when she needs a time-out. We send our children to their rooms when they misbehave, so what is the big deal? Yes, it is a different kind of time-out, but don’t we all need some alone time? Everyone needs down time. Sometimes I am so jealous of a working mother who has that lunch break where she can sneak away and do whatever she needs to do. Not to say that being a working mother has more or fewer advantages – that’s a whole other column.
But really, sometimes a mommy just needs her space and time alone.
One day on a shopping trip with Holly, she was apparently having one of those, "moments," if you will. Pretty much every child has them, where he or she just cries or screams for no reason, and there is nothing you can do about it. So yes, one of those "moments" was in progress. Then this brilliant woman came out of nowhere and said, "You know, I have a good friend who I met in playgroup, and we take each others’ children one day a week, so that we can get things done."
Why hadn’t I thought of that? I told her that was an awesome idea: a simple premise with a great effect for moms.
I realized something in that moment – I am not crazy for wanting that alone time. I am not and will never be the only woman in America that feels this way. Don’t get me wrong; being a parent is one of the best jobs in the world, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But every once in a while, Mommy should get a time-out, too.